On 12th July 2018, the UK Government released a White Paper setting out its most detailed negotiating position to date, including services.
13 September 2018
CBI speaks out against no-deal and briefs MPs on the importance of a withdrawal agreement
As parliamentarians get their feet under the table for the new term, the CBI works to ensure that a deal is struck with the EU.
With fewer than seven months to go before the UK leaves the EU, it is crucial for business that negotiators finalise the Withdrawal Agreement and agree a framework for the future relationship. The CBI is working alongside both the UK and EU to ensure that a deal is done which benefits business and ensures that we have a smooth transition.
The CBI has been clear that compromise is needed, and political ideology must be set aside. In the CBI’s recent conversations with senior stakeholders in the UK and EU, the CBI has been clear that political ideology is having an immediate impact in boardrooms, offices and factory floors. Not just on contingency planning - shifting supply chains, moving jobs and raising prices. Millions of pounds that could be better spent investing in their businesses.
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI, recently commented on the no-deal technical notices. In an interview with the Sunday Times she said that advocates of no-deal were peddling a “fantasy”, and that business hoped that there “would be some cooling down” with regards to the number of voices in the Brexit debate.
To mark the start of the new parliamentary term, the CBI launched a targeted letter campaign to key MPs and Lords highlighting why frictionless trade in goods and a comprehensive deal for services matters for firms in their constituencies and networks.
Over the coming weeks the CBI will be taking these messages directly from the factory and office floor to the highest levels of government in both the UK and EU institutions, including meetings with Michel Barnier, Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney, Dominic Raab, Greg Clark, and Liam Fox.