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Northern Ireland’s construction sector to face serious damage from post-Brexit border

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Northern Ireland’s construction sector has been warned it faces serious damage from a hard post-Brexit border.

Businesses within the sector are already feeling the financial implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU with the depreciation of sterling, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) said.

FMB chief executive Brian Berry said research carried out by the federation shows that a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic would dampen growth among construction SME’s (small and medium-sized enterprises) and called for free movement of people between the UK and Ireland.

“Your typical Northern Ireland construction firm transports materials, products and labour from the Republic into Northern Ireland on a regular basis and anything that interferes with their ability to do that quickly and easily must be dealt with sensitively,” said Brian Berry.

“Almost one third of Northern Ireland construction firms employ people who are based across the border and over half think a hard border would have a negative impact on purchasing products and materials from the Republic,” added Mr Berry.