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PM May's Brexit Approach Threatens Small Irish Firms Says SFA

Published on Jan 17 2017 3:47 PM in Supply Chain tagged: SFA / Small Firms Associations

PM May's Brexit Approach Threatens Small Irish Firms Says SFA

British Prime Minister Teresa May's Brexit approach outlined in todays speech threatens Irish small firms, according to a statement issued by the Small Firms Association (SFA) today.

Patricia Callan, SFA Director, stated that “In today’s speech, Prime Minister May has set out objectives that pose serious threats to small business in Ireland. By embracing a ‘hard Brexit’, she has signalled very difficult times ahead for those firms that rely on selling to the UK market or are part of a sub supply chain connected to the UK. The broader economy will also face substantial challenges as the UK considers changing its economic model, making it even more tax competitive.”

The SFA also said that it believes that financial support schemes are needed for companies in the exporting sectors.

“Today’s speech intensifies the need for action from the Irish Government. The uniquely negative implications for Ireland must be heard at EU level, and exemptions must be made to state aid rules and our common travel area must be maintained. Small businesses, especially exporters, are extremely vulnerable to the downsides of Brexit and urgently need the Government to step in to support them. Financial support schemes targeting the exporting sectors should be made available immediately. A new export financing offering is another important element of Ireland’s response to Brexit, along with assistance to diversify their markets.

“Going forward it is critical that the Government improves its taxation offering to entrepreneurs to make it at the very least competitive with what's already on offer in the UK, including a 10% CGT entrepreneurial rate on gains up to the first Stg£10mn.” Callan concluded.

© 2017 - Checkout Magazine by Donna Ahern

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