Chamber's Brexit wish list

19 Jun 2017

As negotiations on Britain’s departure from the EU begin, the UK’s business organisations have come together to ask government to put business at the top of the agenda.

In an unprecedented move, the British Chambers of Commerce, CBI, Engineering Employers’ Federation, Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors have signed a joint letter. It calls on government to:

Maintain the economic benefits of the single market and customs union until a final settlement is implemented;
Prioritise an early agreement on guarantees for EU citizens;
Maintain an open frictionless border in Ireland;
Maintain tariff-free trade between the UK and EU, with minimal customs formalities;
Keep regulatory equivalence and mutual standards to ensure continued mutual access for goods and services;
A flexible system for the movement of labour;
Ongoing UK participation in pan-European programmes, initiatives and agencies which real economic value;
Continuation of trade agreements delivered by the EU.

Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said: "We called last week for the major parties to put aside their differences and work together to establish a common negotiating position on Brexit.

"This letter takes it a stage further by urging the Government to put the economy first as it starts formal negotiations.”

He added: "The business community fully accepts the decision of voters that the UK will leave the European Union.

"But we need a deal that supports growth, allows companies to hire more people, raises living standards and improves lives.

"We call on the Government to ensure that negotiations take place in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and to engage continuously with UK business interests on the many crucial and complex aspects of our future relationship with the EU.”

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