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Campbell raises Impact of No Deal Brexit on local Engineering Sector with Department for Economy

Published: 16 September, 2019

Cllr Glenn Campbell has raised concerns with the Department for Economy regarding the potential impact of a no deal Brexit on the Engineering Sector in County Tyrone.

Cllr Glenn Campbell has raised concerns with the Department for Economy regarding the potential impact of a no deal Brexit on the Engineering Sector in County Tyrone.

Campbell raises Impact of No Deal Brexit on local Engineering Sector with Department for Economy

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has raised concerns with the Department for Economy regarding the potential impact of a no deal Brexit on the Engineering Sector in County Tyrone. Cllr Campbell raised concerns with Shane Murphy, Chief Economist with the Department for Economy during Fermanagh and Omagh District Council's September Brexit Committee held on Monday night (16/09/19).

Describing Tyrone as "the Silicon Valley" of heavy engineering, Cllr Campbell expressed concerns regarding the impact on the local Engineering sector, who rely on the export of huge volumes of engineering plant.

Speaking following the meeting, Cllr Campbell said he was representing the grave concerns of local people employed within the Engineering sector.

"The Engineering sector in Tyrone is hugely important to the local economy. People here are understandably gravely concerned that a no deal Brexit will be an unmitigated disaster. I have been contacted by many local businesses in recent weeks as the deadline for Brexit looms.

"Many local people work for firms that are involved in the export of heavy engineering plant and many others are employed by businesses developing electronics and control for such machinery. Therefore, the impact of a no deal Brexit will be far-reaching in terms of its impact on the local Tyrone economy."

Cllr Campbell also raised the issue of tradable services and was alarmed at the possible impact on such services,

"The Chief Economist with the Department for Economy has confirmed that there will be issues regarding the recognition of qualifications if a No Deal Brexit comes to pass. There will be a huge impact on a wide range of services, including dentistry and medicine.

Concluding Councillor Campbell said there was no good news in the 24-page document presented by the Chief Economist,

"That Mr Murphy has not been able to present any positives was no surprise to the majority of people in the Chamber. The people in West Tyrone and the wider district of Fermanagh and Omagh strongly rejected Brexit at the poll. Furthermore, no-one in the Chamber was able to present any positives either. The fact that the DUP, in propping up the Tory Government, is sleep-walking towards such an unmitigated disaster is shameful and a dereliction of their duty of care towards citizens living here."

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