Sunday 15 September 2019

Bradley pushes deal to North's business chiefs

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA
Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley will tell business leaders there that Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal will protect the Good Friday Agreement and avoid a hard Border.

Ms Bradley was due to address business leaders in Belfast today to mark the 20th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Act.

Ms Bradley will say the act - which followed the Good Friday Agreement and established devolution for Northern Ireland - also provided a platform for the region's economy to prosper.

"And all this has been at the forefront of our mind during the Brexit negotiations and is reflected in the deal we have reached," Ms Bradley will say.

"The agreement preserves the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom, upholds the Belfast Agreement, and ensures people and businesses that rely on an open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland can continue living their lives and operating as they do now.

"The country now faces a choice - between this deal, the only workable deal that fulfils the will of the referendum, or back to square one on Brexit."

Irish Independent

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