16 March 2017


CBI speaks out for business ahead of Brexit negotiations

A busy week of interviews focusing on the importance of starting the EU negotiations

CBI speaks out for business ahead of Brexit negotiations

With the Brexit Bill having now successfully passed through Parliament, the Government is free to trigger Article 50 and start the formal process for the UK leaving the EU. The Prime Minister has committed to meet the government’s self-imposed deadline of the end of March to do this.

Once this happens, the expectation is that the EU will formally respond and then in the weeks following a timetable will be agreed by both parties for the negotiations.

The CBI believe that a good deal is in the interests of both the UK and the EU and are optimistic it can be achieved.

To make the views of business heard on Brexit, CBI Director-general, Carolyn Fairbairn gave a number of interviews last weekend on the importance of starting the negotiations with a number of ‘early wins’ including the BBC News at 12, ITV’s Peston on Sunday and John Pienaar’s Radio Five show, Pienaar’s Politics.

Carolyn also outlined in The Sun on Sunday the importance of the negotiations getting off to a good start – see  Getting off to good start with EU talks crucial to getting best Brexit deal for Britain, says CBI boss.

The CBI was also quoted on the front page of The FT and The Guardian, among others, highlighting Carolyn’s comments on the risks of not achieving a deal with the EU.

For any further information about the EU negotiations, please visit the Brexit hub on our website or contact EUNegotiations@cbi.org.uk to talk to one of the team.