As the government sets out its post-Brexit proposals for Northern Ireland, FSB’s UK Chairman Mike Cherry said:“Avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is crucially important.
"Small businesses in Northern Ireland must be able to continue to have access to the workers and skills they need, including those who travel across the border for work every day.
"There must also be easy trade across the border, especially for goods which criss-cross it in the production process. This is in the interest of the UK economy as a whole.”
Wilfred Mitchell, FSB policy chair for Northern Ireland, added: "There is still a long way to go before agreement is reached with the EU.
"Businesses want some certainty as soon as possible, so we are pleased to see firm proposals as the negotiations move to the next stage, and where the Northern Ireland land border is firmly on the agenda".