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Brexit LIVE: Varadkar says UK 'caused huge disruption' to trade – Ireland unveils new plan

Brexit has caused “huge disruption to trade” in Ireland over the past few years, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister has said.

Britain’s exit from the EU created disruption to trade because the Northern Ireland protocol created special arrangements for trade with both parts of Ireland.

However, Leo Vardakar has unveiled a new plan to ensure that trade and employment will grow in Ireland.

The plan includes establishing an expert group on global value chains and making businesses more aware of Ireland’s network of free trade agreements.

He said: “Covid, Brexit, international tax reforms, new technology, the need to take radical action to reduce our emissions and Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine have all caused huge disruption to trade over the past few years.

“They have redefined future risks, challenges and opportunities of doing trade into the future.”



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