24 November 2017

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CBI convenes European business group roundtable in Downing Street

The CBI and business groups from across Europe, representing millions of employees, met with UK prime minister, Theresa May, to discuss the importance of positive progress in the UK-EU negotiations.

CBI convenes European business group roundtable in Downing Street

Last week the CBI took a delegation of its European sister federations to meet with prime minister Theresa May, business secretary Greg Clark, Brexit secretary David Davis and economic secretary, Stephen Barclay to discuss the importance of positive progress in the UK-EU negotiations.

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Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI director-general, Emma Marcegaglia, president of BusinessEurope (the umbrella group for European business federations), and leaders from the business federations from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic all attended the meeting.

The business organisations – representing millions of employees from the EU and UK – were united in calling for urgent progress from both sides in the negotiations. The delegation also discussed the need to prioritise a ‘status quo’ transition, and the importance of beginning discussions on a future economic relationship that draws on existing close economic ties.

The CBI convened this meeting so that European business could hear first-hand from the Prime Minister on Brexit, whilst emphasising to the UK Government the unity across European business on the importance of progress in the negotiations. Over the crucial months ahead, the CBI will continue to take this message and members’ other priorities to both the UK Government and those leading the Brexit negotiations from the EU side.

Read the prime minister’s statement following the meeting

For more information, insight and intelligence on the latest Brexit developments and its implications, visit the CBI’s Brexit hub, or contact EUNegotiations@cbi.org.uk.