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Survey uncovers Northern Ireland public services fears

By Staff Reporter

Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland believe leaving the EU would be bad for UK public services, according to a new survey.

Figures from Deloitte show just 19% of respondents here say Brexit would be good for public services. That's lower than the UK average of 28%.

Jackie Henry, senior partner at Deloitte in Belfast, said Brexit presents both challenges and opportunities for the devolved administration.

"While Northern Ireland is on a promising path, the region is uniquely exposed to Brexit.

"It will become home to the UK's only land border with an EU member state and, while the Prime Minister has assured leaders in both Northern Ireland and the Republic that it will not revert to a border of the past, some form of access and customer control seems inevitable."

Meanwhile, a report by accountants BDO and law firm Carson McDowell has said NI is in the strongest position of any part of the UK outside London to secure foreign direct investment following the EU referendum.

Its low operating costs and "well-educated and skilled workforce" would position it ahead of other UK regions when it comes to investment, the report said.

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