On the day that Article 50 was triggered and the Brexit process began, Brewin Dolphin hosted noted economist David McWilliams for an exclusive talk at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast.
McWilliams spoke about how co-operation can take place while retaining the existing borders and noted that Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should seize the opportunity presented by Brexit to revitalise the economy on both sides of the border.
McWilliams, who was the first economist to identify the Irish boom before the financial crisis as a credit bubble, said:
“At the time of Brexit, how do you make Ireland, the north and the south, more attractive? You attract in capital, both parts of Ireland together.
“It isn’t about Northern Ireland versus the Republic. We can work on it together.”
“Brexit entwines the fates of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in a much more coincident way than anything in the past,” he added.
Hal Catherwood, Head of Brewin Dolphin Belfast, said “I am delighted that we have had the opportunity to host this event at such a crucial time for our country. David’s positive, forward-thinking message has huge relevance for residents of Northern Ireland as well as for our neighbours in Britain and Europe”.