QUINN’S green and white lorries zip across the Fermanagh/Cavan Border 350 times a day. 
The manufacturing operation at Derrylin and Ballyconnell, which spans over 1,000 acres north and south, is one of the biggest cross-Border businesses in the region and employs 814 people. 
With 30 per cent of those employees living in one jurisdiction but working in the other, the future of the Border post Brexit has become an issue for the management of Quinn Industrial Holdings. 
Secretary of State Karen Bradley visited the company’s manufacturing facilities on Monday in which she discussed Brexit and what it might mean for Border communities and businesses with senior staff, including Chief Executive Liam McCaffrey. 
“It is difficult to overstate the practical implications of the potential return of a hard Border for a region so focused on breaking down borders and creating a sustainable community and economy,” said Mr. McCaffrey afterwards. 
He said any return to a hard Border would be “an enormously retrograde step for this island.” 
“We are a resilient company and community but the human, financial and societal consequences of a hard Border are enormous and require that policy makers north and south spare no effort in delivering a soft Border.
“Notwithstanding these challenges, our experience of operating on a cross Border basis over many difficult years means we remain optimistic about future performance and we continue to invest in export and other initiatives,” said Mr. McCaffrey. 
While in Fermanagh Ms. Bradley also visited Aidan and Kevin McManus’ farm in Macken to discuss issues facing people working in agriculture in Border areas. 
Following her visit the Secretary of State promised to seek the best Brexit deal for Northern Ireland.
On Sunday her Brexit and Business Secretary colleagues David Davis and Greg Clark joined her in Belfast for meetings with 14 organisations as they explored a technological solution to cross Border trade to minimise the need for customs checks after the divorce.
The potential impact of regulatory differences on north/south commerce in Ireland is central to negotiations on a pact ahead of next year’s withdrawal from the EU.
Ms Bradley said: “The thing I need to do is get on and do the job to make sure that we get the right Brexit, the right deal for the people of Northern Ireland and that we continue to build on the United Kingdom and all that we do as a united country.”
The Prime Minister has split her ministers into two teams as they work towards a reconciliation on how to manage arrangements with the EU after the exit.
Ms Bradley, Mr. Davis and Mr. Clark are part of a group considering “maximum facilitation”, a solution based on using technology to minimise the need for customs checks after Brexit.
Ms Bradley said: “This is really so that I can test how maximum facilitation could be made to work and whether it can be made to work for Northern Ireland.”
“My job as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is how do we get it right for Northern Ireland,” she concluded.