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Border business: How Northern Irish firms feel about the draft Brexit deal

The political debate over Brexit is continuing, with the draft divorce deal uncertain to pass in Westminster. One of the biggest sticking points in the talks was the position of Northern Ireland and how to prevent the reintroduction of a border with the Republic of Ireland, while also avoiding divergence from the rest of the UK. Northern Irish businesses are watching these developments very closely. We hear from Stephen Kelly, chief executive of the lobby group Manufacturing Northern Ireland.

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