Power cuts feared if no deal struck ‘Developments’ predicted by Dodds
NORTHERN Ireland faces the threat of power blackouts if the UK crashes out of the European Union without a deal.
Laws which underpin the trade of electricity with the Republic would disappear, documents released by the Brexit department have revealed.
The threat came as DUP leader Arlene Foster met with party members to discuss the latest stage of Brexit talks.
Negotiators are trying to secure an agreement with Brussels that the current single electricity market would remain intact even if exit talks collapse.
But the Government warned if the pledge was not secured, customers on both sides of the border could be hit.
Co-executive director at the British Chambers of Commerce Hannah Essex
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has predicted “developments” in the Government’s Brexit position over the weekend.
The UK has suggested a temporary customs arrangement with the expectation a permanent deal would be in place by the end of 2021, a plan criticised said: “There will be major concerns that, without a deal, the market for electricity will be disrupted.
“Businesses will welcome the Government’s commitment to maintaining continuity in any Brexit outcome.
“However, it will be on the minds of firms until a formal solution is agreed – particularly in Northern Ireland – given the single electricity market on the island of Ireland.” The latest batch of by the EU. Mr Dodds said yesterday there could be movement this weekend but the party would “remain focused on the priorities for Northern Ireland”. DUP members technical papers released by the Government to help residents and businesses prepare for the possibility of no deal claimed there was a “risk” the single electricity market “may not be able to continue”.
If that happens energy watchdog the Northern
Ireland Utility Regulator will
“take action to seek to ensure were briefed in Portadown, Co Armagh, after leader Arlene Foster met EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels earlier this week.
She said: “It is very important for us we keep the constitutional integrity of the UK continued security of supply and market stability”.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, who backs the Best For Britain antibrexit campaign, said: “The truth, albeit hidden by civil service anodyne language, is clear – a no-deal Brexit could spark blackouts in Northern Ireland and higher bills for everyone else.”
Northern Ireland Retail Consortium director Aodhan Connolly added it “only serves to show how costly a no-deal Brexit would be for Northern Ireland business and the hard pressed Northern Ireland consumer”.
He said: “Further levels of red tape will mean futher costs which retailers simply cannot absorb.” but also the economic integrity and that is the point we have been making in Brussels, and indeed for Nigel and his team in London as well.”
DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson urged Prime Minister Theresa May: “Go with your principles, go with your instinct, go with your responsibility to the people of the UK and show the EU negotiators the door.”
NEIGH BOTHER HAY Fan in Vienna before last night’s MATCH DAY Dean and Rachel Mcmonagle FAN-TASTIC Northern Ireland supporters enjoy Vienna
SUPPLY Electricity flows across the border
UPDATE DUP chief Arlene Foster