DUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland has begun warning businesses to start preparing for Brexit.
Businesses are being urged to contact their suppliers and service providers to get assurances about the continuity of the supply of their goods and services post the Brexit date.
There are just six weeks to go until the date on which, as things stand, the UK will leave the EU.
"Whether a business is a construction company, local beauty salon, bakery or even an Irish base of a multinational medical device company, it is crucial that they check their supply chains for vulnerabilities to Brexit impacts," Ireland's Business, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Heather Humphreys said Monday.
"If a business hasn't already done so, there are a number of steps they need to take. Firstly, they should make contact with their UK suppliers, service providers, logistics companies, wholesalers or distributors, to seek assurances about the continuity of the goods and services they rely on to do business."
"Next they should check to see if their suppliers use the UK as a landbridge to move their goods. If they do, this might cause delays and increased costs after Brexit. If they have any doubts about continuity in their supply chains, they should contact their Local Enterprise Office who can point them in the right direction to avail of Government supports and advice," the minister said.
Minister of State Pat Breen is recommending that businesses access the range of Government financial supports and advice available through InterTradeIreland, the Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland.