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Plan by Government to Buy Land at Ports in Event of Hard Brexit

20th December 2018
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Ro-Ro freight vessels docked in Dublin Port: P&O Ferries passenger freight ferry Norbank operates to the UK (Liverpool), the other is freight only CLdN Cobelfret's Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' as it connects directly to continental Europe (Belgium and The Netherlands) . Ro-Ro freight vessels docked in Dublin Port: P&O Ferries passenger freight ferry Norbank operates to the UK (Liverpool), the other is freight only CLdN Cobelfret's Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' as it connects directly to continental Europe (Belgium and The Netherlands) . Photo: JEHAN ASHMORE

#IrishPorts - Plans to acquire port land the Government have said at Dublin Port and Rosslare is in order to prevent congestion caused by any new custom checks, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

According to RTE News, the Government's contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit was published this evening (Wed, 19 Dec)

The document identifies 19 sectors in which action will be taken should the UK leave the European Union next March without a comprehensive agreement.

Under a chapter entitled 'Next Steps', the Government said it will prioritise "no-deal planning" at its next Cabinet meeting on 3 January.

It will also seek to introduce in the following weeks "necessary legislative measures" which would be required in a no deal scenario.

In a blunt introduction, the paper predicts "a no deal Brexit would potentially involve severe macroeconomic, trade and sectoral impacts [for Ireland]".

It continues: "Grappling with the enormous range of impacts both in the immediate short term and in the longer term will involve difficult and significant choices of a practical, strategic and political nature."

To read more including a comment from Tánaiste Simon Coveney, click here.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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