Belfast Telegraph

Business leaders call on public and politicians to back devolved government

The economic stakes are high for Northern Ireland this election, business leaders warned.

The country's interests must be clearly represented at UK and European level as the UK leaves the EU, a coalition of organisations said.

They called on politicians to deliver power-sharing which worked for all and compromise where necessary.

" Given the immense changes that lie ahead as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, the economic stakes for Northern Ireland are exceptionally high.

"This in turn has clear implications for the peace process."

Direct rule cannot be ruled out if the major parties are unable to form an administration after Thursday's poll.

Business groups, civil leaders and universities united to urge the public and politicians to back devolved government.

The CBI, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action and the Ulster Farmers' Union lent their support.

They said politicians should show mutual respect and sensitivity to all communities and work in partnership with business to deliver greater economic prosperity for all.

The representative groups added: "After this election, our devolved government must ensure that Northern Ireland's economic, social and political interests are accurately and clearly represented at both the UK and European level seeking to ensure a the minimum level of disruption.

"People across Northern Ireland deserve a government that works and represents their economic and social interests.

"We implore Northern Ireland citizens to be clear in their ambitions for the future of this region and make their voice and their values heard at the ballot box and represented in our future local government."

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