To say that\u00a0Brexit\u00a0has been \u2018divisive\u2019 is both an understatement and also a clich\u00e9 of the highest order. But Johnson\u2019s election victory, as we are all now well versed, will not bring an immediate end to the arguing. Today we hear that business leaders and entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland want their money back \u2013 or at least, they want to be compensated for whatever financial difficulty, burden or losses they face as a result of the UK leaving the European Union.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe figure being mooted is \u00a3100m, by business owners who met with political leaders on Friday last week claiming the trade border which the PM agreed to place in the Irish Sea with his new Withdrawal Agreement will cost companies and consumers both. They said: \u201cPeople here did not vote for this future, we should not be expected to pay the price for it in jobs and lost opportunities\u201d. By they, I mean Colum Eastwood, who has just been elected as MP for Foyle, and is leader of the Social Democratic and Labour party.\r\n\r\nThe complainants are not just having a whine \u2013 they mean to take action. Businesspeople representing 12 different market sectors in Northern Ireland have secured the backing of Sinn Fein, the Democratic Unionist party, and also two recently-minted Northern Irish parties to table amendments to the UK\u2019s Brexit legislation. These include a legal guarantee that trade across the Irish Sea is completely unhindered.\r\n\r\nThe showstopper though is the compensation. The groups involved are the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, the\u00a0Ulster Farmers Union, the Confederation of British Industry, Manufacturing Northern Ireland, the Dairy Council and the Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association. They collectively agree that each of their sectors could be affected to the tune of tens of millions each, and while they did not specifically enumerate the \u00a3100m figure, it is implied by the maths they have done for each industry.\r\n\r\nAs with so much in the Brexit question, it remains to be seen exactly what levels of disruption businesses will face. That is partly because it is a moving feast \u2013 right now there is no free trade agreement sorted with the EU, but if there is one, it will cover a lot of product and service types that then no longer have to contend with disruption. If there is no agreement, there will be more disruption, and so on.\r\n\r\nThe Brexit process now looks certain to proceed, which as I wrote yesterday, is an improvement of the complete chaos and uncertainty about what on earth would happen next which we have endured for the last couple of years. Here\u2019s hoping that FTA comes down the line in short order, that businesses may breathe a growing sigh of relief.