Cliff Taylor: The threat of no-deal Brexit must lead to action

Ireland should be ready politically and economically for the worst-case scenario

Beef and dairy products are left exposed by a potential no-deal Brexit – particularly some areas of the beef sector and cheddar cheese.

Beef and dairy products are left exposed by a potential no-deal Brexit – particularly some areas of the beef sector and cheddar cheese.

The deal reached before Christmas to allow the talks between Britain and the European Union to progress have led to speculation that we might be heading for a softer version of Brexit. And with former Ukip leader Nigel Farage this week saying he might favour a second referendum, the situation is clearly very fluid.

However, it is no contradiction to say it is also time to push on with preparations for a no-deal Brexit. Britain could still crash out in March 2019 with no deal done with the EU. As it could be well into this year before this is all clarified, we need to be as ready as we can be.

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