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The CBI’s relationship with 190,000 businesses of all sizes across the UK gives us a unique insight into what the EU referendum result means for UK prosperity. On this page you will find our priorities for a renegotiated UK-EU relationship, publications & analysis, business case studies, and materials to support CBI members.

Top priorities

Key business principles for the UK-EU negotiation

The UK Government should look to negotiate a new relationship with the European Union along the following five principles:

  1. Retaining the ease of UK-EU trade that businesses get from the single market
  2. Balancing regulatory equivalence with the EU with flexibility and influence over the domestic environment
  3. Ensuring the UK’s migration system allows companies to access the people and skills they need, while recognising public concerns
  4. Developing a clear strategy for international trade and economic agreements
  5. Protecting the economic and social benefits of EU funded projects​

Read more in Shaping Our Future

  • Latest news: Find press releases and CBI reaction to developments relating to the UK's relationship with the European Union here

Business views

Read pre-referendum case studies from businesses and other organisations across the UK on how the being in the EU impacts them: 

Also see what businesses were saying before the EU referendum according to sector, region and on specific issues: 


How to get involved

  1. Information Pack: a post-EU referendum information pack for CBI members is available. It can be requested by getting in touch by email
  2. Events: Customs Union roundtable events: we are holding a number of roundtable discussions with CBI members in London, Birmingham and Northern Ireland to understand what being in (or leaving) the EU Customs Union means to business. For more information please get in touch
  3. Consultation: we are undertaking an ongoing consultation of our members' views on what the EU referendum result means for them and what their priorities are in the negotiation around the future UK-EU relationship. If you are a CBI member and would like more details, please contact
  4. Case studies: You are invited to contribute case studies to our website on how the UK’s membership of the EU impacts your business, and the issues and the opportunities that you are anticipating as a result of the vote to leave the EU - get in touch for more info
  5. Email updates: we provide bi-weekly email updates to keep members informed of developments in relation to the EU referendum, and CBI activities in this area. If you are a CBI member and would to receive these, please notify
  6. LinkedIn Group: Join our private LinkedIn group to access members-only content and share your views with other CBI members. Join the group here

To contact a member of our team please get in touch.


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What our members are telling us:

Andy Wood
Chief Executive, Adnams

As we look to expand our business and increase our exports abroad, remaining in the EU brings us the certainty we need. Selling our British beer to Europe easily through the EU single market, and our largest export market of Sweden, means we can continue to grow our 420 strong workforce back home.

Find out how CBI membership can benefit your business

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