Extent of State’s exposure to Brexit revealed by CSO figures

Republic’s reliance on United Kingdom for trade and tourism detailed in fresh analysis

The UK is the single largest supplier of Irish imports, accounting for 22% or €17.5bn of all goods imported in Ireland during 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

The UK is the single largest supplier of Irish imports, accounting for 22% or €17.5bn of all goods imported in Ireland during 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

The full extent of Ireland’s exposure to Brexit is set out in the Central Statistics Office (CSO) 2018 Yearbook, which pulls together key headline figures from across Irish society and its economic activity.

It shows that the UK is the Republic’s largest EU trading partner, accounting for €16.4 billion of goods exports last year and as a destination for Irish exports it is eclipsed only by the US.

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