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Black Country Chamber of Commerce Want Business Needs at the Forefront of Brexit Negotiations

Corin CraneAs Theresa May has now signed the letter that has given official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will then formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce looks at what businesses need moving forward.

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, commented: “The Chamber will be keeping a keen eye on this process, to ensure that business needs are taken into consideration during the negotiations. Businesses are now looking to the Government for clear and decisive decisions moving forward as one of the biggest concerns to business confidence is uncertainty around leaving the European Union.

“The Black Country has a vast number of businesses that trade internationally either via importing and exporting, so the negotiations moving forward will have a big impact on the region and we want to make sure that the business voice is heard and their needs are at the forefront of the new deals.”

Also commenting on the triggering of Article 50 by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: "Now that Brexit negotiations are set to begin, businesses across the UK and their trading partners in Europe want answers to practical questions, not political posturing. A pragmatic and grown-up dialogue on the real-world issues, rather than verbal volleys between London and Brussels, would give firms greater confidence over the next two years.

"In the early weeks of the negotiation process, businesses would like to see an effort to secure simultaneous exit and trade talks. Concluding exit and trade negotiations at the same time would moderate adjustment costs for UK businesses, and enable trade between UK and EU firms to continue with less disruption.”

On business expectations beyond Brexit, Marshall added: “It is crucial for the Prime Minister and her government to remember Brexit is not the only thing on the minds of UK businesses. Issues here at home, from the training system to sky-high business rates and up-front costs, still need to be addressed.

“Businesses would not look kindly on a government that treats Brexit as its only job. Getting the fundamentals right here in the UK is as important, if not more important, than any eventual Brexit deal.”

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