As a management consultancy firm with offices in Ireland and the UK, Brexit poses specific operational challenges for us. We are certainly not alone in trying to meet these challenges, as organisations, advocacy groups, think-tanks, governments, and many others try to negotiate the uncertainty that comes with the Brexit process over the next two years.
The special arrangement that exists between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is in the spotlight again, with the announcement of an agreement between the DUP and the Conservative Party to form a minority government. The agreement reached in Westminster adds a deeper layer of complexity to the Brexit issue, and its impact on this island.
I am a board member of the BICC and sit on the Chamber’s Brexit Committee. As the leading business group for companies with interests in the UK and Ireland, we formed this Committee to advocate on behalf of our membership to highlight their issues and priorities concerning Brexit.
The Committee have drawn up a List of 15 key “asks” that should be sought during the negotiation process.
These key positions, if adopted during the negotiation process, would provide greater protection for British-Irish trade and provide a more stable environment for companies to operate within.
Tom is a former board member of Co-operation Ireland, the non–political charity dedicated to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He is a Former Director of BT Ireland and a Finance Vice-President with BT Global. He is also a former president of CIMA Ireland.
He now sits on the Board of Directors of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and on its Brexit Committee. If you would like to find out more about the work of the Chamber, please contact Tom through LinkedIn here.
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4 Jul 2017 09:06