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Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade have released a statement expressing disappointment at being excluded from the UK Prime Minister’s visit to Northern Ireland.

Colm Shannon, Chief Executive Officer, Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade.
Colm Shannon, Chief Executive Officer, Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade.

Speaking on behalf of the Chamber Colm Shannon, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber said:“At our board meeting today, the board was extremely disappointed that the Chamber which represents many border businesses, large and small, had not been invited to meet the PM on her visit to Northern Ireland. It will be businesses in the border that will be impacted most and it is unacceptable that the PM didn’t take the opportunity to listened to the concerns of border businesses.

“When the PM needed the support of businesses in Northern Ireland, Newry Chamber of Commerce and Trade met with her in Downing Street to lend our support.

“As a Chamber we have a strong voice and we will continue to argue strongly for our members to prevent a hard border. An open border is essential for our local businesses and there is a real fear we are heading for a no deal.

“We expect the Prime Minister to honour her commitment and deliver a deal which avoids a hard border.

Newry Chamber which represents nearly 200 businesses in this border area located just 4 miles from the future border with the EU and has been supportive of both the Withdrawal Agreement and the Backstop.

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