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Brexit: figures show huge jump in trade between Northern Ireland and republic

The biggest increase in trade in both directions was in food and live animals, data from the Central Statistics Office shows

The impact of the first year of Brexit on Ireland has been revealed after official data showed cross-border trade between the republic and Northern Ireland jumped by €2.8bn (£2.3bn) in 2021.

Full-year figures from Ireland’s Central Statistics Office show that imports from Northern Ireland to the Irish republic were up 65% to €3.9bn, a rise of €1.5bn compared with 2020.

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