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17 January 2017

  |  CBI Press Team

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'Pressure is now on to deliver these objectives'

The business response to the Prime Minister's Brexit speech

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Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General:

“Today the Prime Minister changed the landscape. Ruling out membership of the Single Market has reduced options for maintaining a barrier-free trading relationship between the UK and the EU. But businesses will welcome the greater clarity and the ambition to create a more prosperous, open and global Britain, with the freest possible trade between the UK and the EU. 

“The pressure is now on to deliver these objectives and achieve a smooth and orderly exit.

“Businesses want to make a success of Brexit but will be concerned about falling back on damaging WTO rules. 

“They stand ready to support the negotiations to get the best possible deal for the UK by ensuring that the economic case is heard loud and clear.”

Read further analysis of the Prime Minister's speech from the business perspective

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