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Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard is hosting a Brexit Breakfast Briefing in Warrenpoint this Wednesday following a Downpatrick meeting last week where more than a dozen local businesses participated in what the Sinn Féin Brexit Spokesperson hopes will be a “constructive conversation” towards preparing local business for a post-Brexit business environment.

Mr Hazzard was also joined by local HR firm 'HR Elephant’ who gave a detailed overview of steps businesses should be taking now to prepare for any and all Brexit outcomes. Conor Murphy MLA was also in attendance to give an overview of efforts to restore power sharing institutions at Stormont. 

Chris Hazzard was joined by Denvir Hotel’s Stephen Magorrian, Niamh McClean and Aine Crilly from HR Elephant, Conor Murphy MLA and Cllr Oonagh Hanlon & Cllr Cathy Mason
Chris Hazzard was joined by Denvir Hotel’s Stephen Magorrian, Niamh McClean and Aine Crilly from HR Elephant, Conor Murphy MLA and Cllr Oonagh Hanlon & Cllr Cathy Mason

Mr Hazzard said “Since the Brexit Referendum in 2016 I have engaged constantly with local businesses throughout South Down and they have repeatedly talked about their fears, anxieties and yet it is clear they are now taking the necessary steps to Brexit-proof their operations as much as possible. 

“Unfortunately however there is only so much mitigation a local firm can do, so events like this where political and business representatives can talk about wider protections and initiatives is important. A number of ideas were put forward by local businesses and we will now raise these with the Department for the Economy, and with Newry, Mourne & Down Council. 

 Mr Hazzard added “In the weeks ahead we are rolling this initiative out locally across the county in small settings, so please get in touch if you are interested in participating. 

 "We are in Warrenpoint on Wednesday 4th December with Caoimhe Archibald MLA introducing proposals for a Green New Deal; and Pearse Doherty who will talk to businesses in that area about Brexit and opportunities to develop our all-island economy. 

 “The appetite for this type of event has been fantastic, and once again demonstrates that we have a flourishing local economy throughout South Down - however it is clear they remain very worried and anxious about the post-Brexit environment."

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