Thursday, 13 December 2018
Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions
That is pathetic. It is the Andrex puppy response. It is soft and fluffy but has nothing to do with what the Government is supposed to be doing here. Sectoral seminars will not convey to people the impact on their lives. The Tánaiste said there was a sectoral seminar on pharmaceuticals. How will he convey to people the difficulty there might be in accessing pharmaceuticals that come through the UK with a sectoral seminar on access? How will our airplanes fly on 29 March next if it is a hard Brexit and they must fly through British airspace? Will the Government wake up and start engaging with people in the way previous Governments engaged with people on the euro changeover and Y2K, whereby people had an understanding and a capacity to prepare their daily lives and their businesses for the challenges that lay ahead? Sectoral seminars for all they are worth for those who attend them will not make a difference or bring an awareness to people of what is coming down the tracks. The British Government is preparing its people with 100 plans, the Commission has 70 plans ready and the Government has sectoral seminars. That is a great deal of comfort.