So, as the politicians begin Brexit negotiations, businesses should keep calm and carry on.
The main challenge with Brexit, remains the uncertainty, and one year on from the UK Brexit Referendum, not knowing what it means. Brexit will create opportunities and challenges, and for the island economy, North and South, it is most likely that the challenges will outweigh the opportunities. Brexit is a serious issue, but one that is surmountable. We are confident that Irish creativity, astute business acumen, pragmatism and positivity will prevail.
In the absence of certainty, in respect of Brexit, FPM continues to advise clients to start scenario planning now, to work on identifying potential pressure points for their business, and plan for the worst while hoping for the best.
In previous blog posts, we’ve discussed the importance of managing supply chain, employee and skills-related issues, location, financing, cross border transactions and data protection. We’ve talked about the need to review contracts to ensure that they will continue to be fit for purpose post-Brexit. It is becoming clear that tax will be an important consideration particularly for businesses and individuals with cross-border operations and interests who will need to look carefully at how Brexit will affect their tax obligations. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to contact FPM’s tax team for advice on what you can do now to minimise potential future liabilities.
The clock is ticking. The two year timeframe for negotiations set out in Article 50 ends on 29 March 2019. The EU has said it wants the first phase of the negotiations, which gets under way this week, “to provide as much clarity and legal certainty as possible to citizens, businesses, stakeholders and international partners”. Businesses North and South will certainly welcome clarity and certainty if and when it comes. In the meantime, FPM will continue to monitor developments and keep you updated through our regular client communications. Businesses need to have a plan to manage the challenges and whatever opportunities that Brexit may bring.
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