Open Letter to Prime Minister: Businesses Need Clarity on Brexit

07 Feb 2018

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

As Cabinet ministers gather today (Wednesday) to discuss the government's negotiating stance ahead of critical talks on the UK's future relationship with the European Union (EU), the British Chambers of Commerce have written an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, making an urgent appeal for clarity on the government's objectives.

In the letter, Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Dr. Adam Marshall, the BCC's Director-General, urge the government to make key choices and deliver a clear statement of intent so that businesses of all sizes and sectors can make decisions for the future.

As set out in the letter, both business leaders comment: "In Chamber business communities all across the United Kingdom, there are a range of views on the depth and breadth of the UK's future relationship with the European Union.

"British Chambers of Commerce have emphasised the need for answers to many practical questions businesses now face. Our aim has always been to maximise, not constrain, the government's chances of success as ministers and the civil service work to secure the best possible deal for the UK.

"Businesses need those elected to govern our country to make choices - and to deliver a clear, unequivocal statement of intent. Clear UK negotiating objectives are crucial to both business and public confidence."

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, further commented: "As a Chamber, we echo the calls for clarity invoked by our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce. Since the nation's vote to leave the European Union, business confidence throughout the region has remained relatively low, which has been further exacerbated by the distinct lack of clarity coming from central government.

"To help address this issue and provide clarity to both businesses and residents across the local region, we are delighted to announce that we have been named as the Europe Direct Information Centre for the Black Country. In essence, the Centre will engage with the EU on key economic areas that have been highlighted as important by Black Country businesses and residents, including international trade across EU borders, and the rights of EU nationals and foreign workers during and post-Brexit negotiations."

The Europe Direct Information Centre for the Black Country is free to access for all businesses and residents. For more information please visit, email or call 0330 024 0820.

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