EU Exit and Impacts on Northern Ireland’s Services Trade

Date published: 04 March 2019

In 2016, it is estimated that the Northern Ireland service sector had external sales (sales made outside of NI) of £5.3bn with £1.8bn of those sales being exported (sales made outside of GB and NI). Given the importance of services trade to the NI economy, the Department for the Economy commissioned Developing Trade Consultants to undertake research on the potential impacts on NI’s tradable services sector as a result of the UK’s exit from the EU. The research was completed using the OECD’s Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI) methodology as a basis.

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