Leo warns on sea links with Wales

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A NO-DEAL Brexit could be hugely ex­pen­sive to Wales be­cause of po­ten­tial dis­rup­tion to sea links with Ire­land, Welsh First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones warned at the British-Ir­ish Coun­cil sum­mit on the Isle of Man yes­ter­day.

Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar agreed with Mr Jones that Ir­ish freight may have to switch to sea routes to French, Dutch and Bel­gian ports, rather than tak­ing the quicker ‘land­bridge’ via Bri­tain to Calais.

The im­pact of Brexit on trade was high on the agenda at the sum­mit, with the UK’s de facto deputy prime min­is­ter David Lid­ing­ton not­ing that East-West com­merce across the Ir­ish Sea was eco­nom­i­cally far more im­por­tant than North-South move­ments be­tween North­ern Ire­land and the Repub­lic.

Mean­while, British peo­ple could be forced to rely more on home-grown veg­eta­bles such as turnips in the event of a ‘no-deal’ with the EU, a se­nior pro-Brexit min­is­ter has sug­gested. The com­ments are seen as a sign that warn­ings about the likely chaos that would be caused by a nodeal Brexit are be­com­ing ac­cepted by Brex­i­teer min­is­ters in Bri­tain.

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