Just over three weeks before the Brexit date, Ireland is preparing for the worst. Dublin took the event into account in its 2020 budget, and not just a bit. Minister of Finance Paschal Donohoe presented to Parliament a budget that includes a provision of 1.2 billion euros, excluding European aid, to support the activity in case of no-deal.
Just over half of the total envelope of € 650 million will be injected into key sectors of the Irish economy, including tourism and agriculture. A sharp rise in customs duties could, according to the central bank, remove about a third of farms. To avoid such a slaughter, 85 million euros will be for cattle farmers, the fishermen will receive, they, an aid of 14 million euros.
" This is an unprecedented budget ," Paschal Donohoe, Ireland's Finance Minister, told Parliament, adding " these are unprecedented times ".
If he does not want to give in to fate, if he thinks that the scenario of an exit without agreement feared by Ireland is not inevitable, the minister wants to be ready.
Because, Ireland will be the most exposed of the 27 remaining countries in the European Union. If the physical borders are restored, the government anticipates a plunge in GDP, the gross domestic product would then increase by only 0.7% in 2020 against 5.5% expected this year growth at half-mast, which will also have an impact on GDP. unemployment.
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Brexit: what do Europeans think?
What do European citizens think of all the adventures around Brexit? One institute conducted the survey in 5 countries - France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain and Poland. There is a lot of uncertainty, but also weariness.
To finish it as soon as possible: a majority of respondents by the Kantar Institute think it is time to decide. 66% of Germans and 57% of French people think that the European Union should not authorize a further postponement of the date of Brexit.
The Irish, concerned primarily, are also 56% to think that we should not give new time to the British.
Uncertainty, but also worry about the outcome of the divorce. In Germany, less than 40% of respondents rely on an exit with or without agreement at 31 October. On the other hand, almost half of them are leaning towards a continuation in the EU beyond this date.
52% of Poles fear the negative consequences of Brexit, against 48% in Germany and 33% in France. 63% of Spaniards and 52% of Irish people say their country is not well enough prepared for Brexit. In Germany, on the other hand, one feels ready to 61%.
Whatever happens, a majority of Europeans consider that leaving the UK is a bad thing. As for the image of the British Prime Minister, it is deplorable: only 4% of the Dutch, 5% of Germans and 8% of the French trust Boris Johnson to reach a satisfactory solution before October 31st.
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