Brexit vote sees increase in cross-border shoppers

More shoppers from across the border have been flocking to Northern Ireland in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to an NI retailer.

Peter Murray, manager at the Buttercrane Shopping Centre in Newry, said that cross border shopper figures were up by 50% since June.

"Their euro is going further because of the soft exchange rate against the pound,” he said.

"The devaluation of the pound makes their euro in their pockets go further and prices in Newry are the same."

Newry lies around five miles from the border with the Republic of Ireland, with signs of the old border posts still prevalent but long disused.

Paddy Malone, a Dundalk accountant, said there were fewer northerners in town but not too many locals had gone north.

Disused border post between Dundalk and Newry. Credit: PA

"I would like to think that sterling would track the euro and we could settle down to peaceful coexistence,” he said.

"I would prefer to think that we could actually live together without this disruption of trade because neither Newry nor Dundalk is benefiting from this boom and bust cycle.

"It does not help either of us to survive."