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Brexit Breakthrough: Deal shows urgency for restoration of Northern Ireland political institutions, say retailers

Retail NI, which represents small and independent business, has said Friday's Brexit agreement highlights the need for Northern Ireland's political institutions to be restored.

It comes after a deal was reached on progressing talks to the second stage of the Brexit talks on a future trade deal.

The DUP welcomed the "substantial progress" achieved in the agreement between the UK and EU, but cautioned that much more work was needed on managing the Irish border post-Brexit.

Retail NI chief executive Glyn Roberts said: "This deal provides the basis for that type of arrangement and will give the local business community greater clarity and confidence.

“A key action point arising from this agreement is to have a functioning Assembly and Executive able to engage in the Brexit process. As a matter of urgency the political parties need to start talks to restore the institutions and to do the job they are elected to do”

“Now more than ever we need the Executive restored and to have local Ministers ensuring Northern Ireland’s voice is heard loud and clear in these challenging times ahead”

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