Government issues its Brexit 'still to do' list

Government issues its Brexit ‘still to do’ list

Nobody can say the Irish government is not busy on Brexit. The list below outlines the actions being coordinated by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) through its various implementation agencies ranging from the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to the county LEOs (Local Enterprise Offices) and its share of the cross-border agency Intertrade Ireland. This is just a small part of the activities detailed in a new departmental report entitled ” Building stronger business: Responding to Brexit by competing, innovating and trading“.

  • Q1 2018: Complete the Action Plan for Jobs 2018 with a specific focus on Brexit mitigation policies
  • Q1 2018: Complete the Review of Enterprise 2025
  • Ongoing: Budget – Secure sufficient capital funding and resources to assist the enterprise agencies to support firms respond to Brexit and global challenges
  • Ongoing: Finance for business -Follow up on notification to the European Commission in relation to the rescue and restructure scheme.
  • Q4 2017: Research – Complete the study “Strategic Implications Arising from EU-UK Trading Patterns”
  • Q1 2018: Research – Complete the study “Sectoral Implications of Brexit for Irish SMEs”
  • Q4 2017: Research –  Complete the study “Impact of WTO Tariffs on Cross-Border Trade” (Phase 2)
  • Q1 2018: Research – Complete the study “Import Content of Irish Exports: Implications of Brexit for Inputs and Competitiveness”
  • Q1 2018: Research – Complete the study “Addressing the Skills Needs Arising from the Potential Trading and Regulatory Implications of Brexit”
  • Q4 2018: Research – Complete the study on “Potential Financial Impacts of Brexit on Irish Consumers”
  • Q2 2018: Sectors – Include sector-specific Brexit messages and mitigation measures in the planned update of DBEI sector

The problem that reasonable people might raise with this list is that it is all future tense and much of it involves research designed to find things out more than 16 months after the British referendum. It would be useful if it had been matched with a list of actions taken to date on the basis of what is already known or reliably estimated. Better still would be a list of measurable outputs and their measurable impact on the capacity of businesses to cope with the extremely hard Brexit that other agencies are advising is now pretty much inevitable.