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Assembly now has to give us a dynamic lead

Published 07/07/2016

I feel that I have been railroaded onto the road of Brexit by a combination of Government incompetence and the deceit of others.

A decision as serious as Brexit surely demands rational argument by people of ability and integrity.

Having worked in business in various countries, I have experienced serious changes and what was needed was a steady hand on the tiller and an ability to get positive things done.

I worry that the progressive plans - not just of my business and others, but of Belfast and Northern Ireland - have been thrown into disarray. I worry at the amount of time, money, effort and skill which will be necessary to work our way through the next few years.

The economic goals set by local councils will be seriously jeopardised.

The former Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Industry (now First Minister) will know that the four legs of the stool for attracting investment are: political stability, English language, employee skills and easy access to Europe. We have now voluntarily broken one leg.

To help us to consolidate and refocus, can the Executive set a tight timetable for completion of at least three of the six main infrastructure projects, which free up the transport gridlock, gives hope and creates job directly and indirectly?

Social projects, such as quicker building of houses on derelict sites and the removal of barriers which stop the flow of people across the city should be fast-tracked.

There is too much negative political intervention. Assembly: please give us a dynamic lead.

TOM EKIN

Belfast

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