Friday 30 September 2016

What they said about 'Brexit'

Published 04/07/2016 | 02:30

A protester at a ‘March for Europe’ demonstration against Britain’s
decision to leave the European Union in London at the weekend. Photo: PA
A protester at a ‘March for Europe’ demonstration against Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in London at the weekend. Photo: PA

"Ireland has just been handed one of its luckiest breaks. Britain has handed us... the opportunity to be the Anglo-American world's investment location of choice.

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"We are the obvious candidate to best profit from England's self-inflicted misery. We are in the same part of the world, speak the same language and, to all intents and purposes, for the vast majority of humans, are quasi-British. Yet we are a safe harbour in all this chaos..."

Economist David McWilliams. Pic Frank Mc Grath
Economist David McWilliams. Pic Frank Mc Grath

- David McWilliams, economist

 

"In my opinion, there will be a spill-over effect for us. I do think a lot of companies based in London now will need a Euro base. Dublin is well placed for that because it is English-speaking and there is a healthy out-turn of university graduates."

- Developer Michael O'Flynn

Former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the US John Bruton.Pic Tom Burke
Former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the US John Bruton.Pic Tom Burke

 

"The best Ireland could hope for is that Britain, after reflecting on the complexities and prolonged uncertainty of negotiating a wholly new trade agreement from scratch, would conclude that it should apply to join the European Economic Area."

- John Bruton, former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the US

 

"There has to be a positive there for Ireland. If an American-Asian company or bank wants to launch into Europe from an English-speaking base, then Ireland is the place."

- Paddy McKillen, businessman

 

"With uncertainty comes opportunity and there are also potential upsides for Irish businesses to capitalise on Brexit through well-chosen mergers and acquisitions activity."

- Anya Cummins, partner, Corporate Finance, Deloitte

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