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Black Country Chamber Calls on Government to Invest Now in Skills and Infrastructure to Make a Success of Brexit

Corin CraneThe Black Country Chamber was pleased to see a development in the Brexit process last night, with the European Union Bill supported by 498 MP votes to 114.

The Prime Minister now has the process approved by Parliament that gives her the authority to take the UK out of the European Union. This follows a recently published document from Birmingham City University and the Black Country Chamber “Making a success of Brexit”, which has a focus on looking forward to post-Brexit Britain.

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, commented: “We will review the white paper that Theresa May will publish, which will set out the Government’s formal Brexit plan. It is highly important that the ensuing Commons debate surrounding this paper is settled in a clear and timely fashion, so that Article 50 can be triggered in March.

“Our work with Birmingham City University’s ‘Centre for Brexit Studies’ has highlighted a number of issues that will help local businesses capitalise on the Brexit opportunities. Whilst we welcome the clear path ahead, our research shows that if we are to support businesses to expand into new markets, we need urgent investment into the regions infrastructure and a clear skills strategy for local businesses wanting to grow. We will continue to keep a keen eye on this process, to ensure that business needs are taken into consideration.”

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