3 February 2017


Brexit White Paper published

CBI view on the government’s Brexit White Paper.

Brexit White Paper published

Following Theresa May’s landmark speech on the government’s objectives for the Brexit negotiations, the government published a White Paper yesterday outlining some more detail around its twelve objectives for Brexit and the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Read the CBI’s response

The White Paper covers similar ground to the speech, so there are many objectives we can welcome, including the commitment to seeking the freest possible trading arrangements with the EU although leaving the Single Market reduces the options available to achieve this, ambitions for growth in international trade, and avoiding regulatory cliff-edges.

Read the CBI’s analysis of how the government’s twelve objectives relate to the CBI’s six key principles to make a success of Brexit

There was some additional detail on areas business has been seeking more clarity on, such as how EU law will be transposed into UK law and commitments to maintaining the stability of UK-EU data transfers.

The government has also recognised that more work will be needed in a number of key areas, like understanding the immigration needs of different sectors and regions, and the need to negotiate future arrangements for EU regulatory agencies, which play an important role in many sectors.

There are issues, however, which remain conspicuous by their absence in government’s Brexit plans, such as its approach to non-graduate migration after we leave the EU. We will continue to push the government for more clarity on these areas, while engaging positively in the UK and across Europe to help deliver the best possible deal for UK business.

 For more information please contact anthony.robinson@cbi.org.uk