Theresa May’s successor must avoid a disorderly Brexit

With Friday’s announcement (24 May 2019) of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s official resignation on 7 June, Chambers Ireland calls on the British Parliament to elect a Prime Minister who will seek to prevent a no-deal, disorderly Brexit.

Speaking this afternoon, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said, “Today’s announcement by Mrs. May brings progress on the Withdrawal Agreement to a halt. Unless all sides agree upon a plan, Britain leaves the European Union with a no-deal Brexit by automatic operation of the law on 31 October.

We are already in a period of extra time and the extension until October should not be wasted on internal party politics. The business communities on these islands have already been damaged by the uncertainties and time squandered by the Brexit negotiations. We now seem certain to be facing into another period of uncertainty and a procession of cliff edges.

A consensus which delivers an outcome that minimises damage to Irish and UK businesses must be urgently reached by the UK Parliament. The possibility of a no-deal Brexit should not be considered by any future UK Government leadership.

However in view of the increased uncertainty arising from today’s events, we continue to advise all businesses on these islands to plan for the eventuality of a no-deal, disorderly Brexit. Irish businesses must seek to take control of their own destinies as much as possible in light of the prevailing uncertainties.”

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