8 December 2017

  |  CBI Press Team

Press release

CBI response to breakthrough in Brexit negotiations

The CBI has responded to the breakthrough in Brexit negotiations.

CBI response to breakthrough in Brexit negotiations

On news of a breakthrough to achieve “sufficient progress” in Brexit negotiations, CBI Deputy Director General Josh Hardie said:

“The breakthrough in Brussels shows that where there is a will, there is a way.

“Firms have been watching negotiations closely and today’s announcement will lift spirits in the run up to Christmas. Sufficient progress is a present they’ve spent months waiting for.

“It’s now time to focus on the true prize of a new relationship and a deal that starts from 40 years of economic integration. With the same willpower shown today and jobs and living standards at the heart of every negotiating objective, these talks can set the UK up for the next 40 years of close alignment.

“There are two things that are top of the list. First is the final step for those EU citizens working here, and U.K. citizens abroad. It must be unequivocal that they are welcome, whatever the final deal. This cannot be their second Christmas where their rights are dependent on negotiations. Next is transition. Concrete assurances will build confidence and help firms across the U.K. and Europe to pause their contingency planning. 

“Above all, the Government has shown the impact of being determined to focus on securing a good Brexit for jobs. Discussions will continue to be tough, but today’s progress shows that careless talk of walking away can be replaced by confidence that the U.K. can get a good deal. Steely determination in the national interest must always come first.”