13 October 2017


Westminster roundup

CBI president Paul Drechsler meets with Chuka Umunna MP to discuss Brexit and CBI’s director-general Carolyn Fairbairn is joined by Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn at the CBI’s London Autumn Lunch.

Westminster roundup

CBI president Paul Drechsler met this week with MP for Streatham, Chuka Umunna to discuss Brexit and the CBI’s work in this area. Chukka spoke about the importance of the business voice as we enter a critical stage of the EU negotiations. Paul welcomed the Labour Party’s commitment to a ‘status quo’ transition, as called for by the CBI back in July.

At another meeting on Brexit, CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn and campaigns director John Foster met with a delegation from the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. The delegation reiterated that the UK’s decision to leave the EU represented a blow to the EU and to Sweden, but that the government would be required to make difficult choices to deliver progress in the negotiations. Carolyn spoke about the CBI’s call for the agreement of transitional arrangements, to relieve uncertainty for business, both in the UK and in the EU.

As part of the CBI’s engagement with the newly elected metro mayors, CBI’s North West regional director Damian Waters, assistant regional director Helen Gbormittah and senior campaigns adviser Peter McManus met with Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Director of the Mayor’s office Kevin Lee. The focus for the meeting was around infrastructure investment and skills, with Mr Burnham keen to collaborate with the CBI on its upcoming work-streams.

At this week’s London Autumn Lunch the CBI’s director-general Carolyn Fairbairn was joined by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. At the lunch sponsored by Vodafone, Carolyn spoke about the strong partnership between business and City Hall being vital to ensure London remains top of the list for global investment. She also called for the Mayor to press ahead with the capital’s biggest film studio in Dagenham, to make London the world’s most film-friendly city. The London Mayor launched his migration plan and stated that continued free movement is the best way to protect economic prosperity in London, and the UK, following Brexit. The Mayor of London stated successive governments have failed to make the positive case for immigration and it is time to reiterate why companies and jobs depend on maintaining barrier-free access to the “dynamic European workforce”.

Finally, the CBI is inviting you to attend its latest online webinar “Behind the scenes: a political update”. This webinar, complimentary for members, will give you the opportunity to hear the CBI download its analysis of the EU negotiations as we reach a crucial juncture, plus intelligence on what to expect from the Autumn budget and further afield. Register here.

For more information contact Hannah.collins@cbi.org.uk