Leo warns on sea links with Wales
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.