Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2019 by John Mulgrew
Stormont departments are building a key list of emergency contacts across business and the wider sectors amid contingency planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit, Ulster Business can reveal.
It’s understood departments have begun contacting companies, organisations and business groups as part of “Brexit contingency” ‘no deal’ planning, in order to “locate someone who can assist them in normal working hours and out of hours”.
An email seen by Ulster Business, sent by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), says in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario “time will be of the essence and identifying the correct people to help solve any problems or issues in a very short space of time will be critical”.
It’s understood the Department for the Economy and the Department for Infrastructure have also made contact.
A Northern Ireland Civil Service spokesman told Ulster Business: "Since the UK Referendum, the Northern Ireland Civil Service has engaged in a significant programme of work which covers a range of issues that arise as a consequence of the UK leaving the EU.
"Over recent months, there has been a greater focus on no deal planning across government, including the contingency plans that would be necessary in the event of a no deal outcome.
"The Northern Ireland Civil Service has been engaged in this process and plans have been developed on a ‘reasonable worst case scenario’ basis.
"These contingency plans are under constant development as we continue to engage with key stakeholder groups and partners in government. As part of routine emergency and contingency planning Departments hold lists of out of hours and key contacts."