8 March 2019

Update

Westminster update

With Spring upon us, CBI continues to have strong engagement across the political divide:

Westminster update

As part of ongoing engagement with the Labour Party, CBI Director General, Carolyn Fairbairn, met this week with the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell and Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey. The meeting, alongside the UK’s other main business organisations, focused on Labour’s positions on Brexit and skills including the Apprenticeship Levy. On Brexit, Carolyn highlighted business concerns about a no deal and emphasised the need for business and government to work together to develop workable solutions especially on re-nationalisation and employee share ownership.

On Monday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid joined CBI’s Leaders Dinner and spoke alongside CBI President, John Allan. Following the publication of the government white paper on immigration, Mr Javid focused his address on post-Brexit immigration, while John Allan’s speech urged politicians to unite around the Prime Minister’s deal, or to unite around something else, urgently.

Elsewhere, CBI Director General, Carolyn Fairbairn, met with Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom. During the meeting, Carolyn emphasised the serious consequences of a no deal Brexit and highlighted the impact that wider Brexit uncertainty is having on business. Carolyn also urged the government to build consensus across the House of Commons to secure a Brexit deal that takes no deal off the table for good.

Finally, Nicky Morgan, Chair of the Treasury Select Committee joined the CBI’s Taxation Committee to discuss HMRC and co-operative compliance with business, Digital Services Tax and the importance of UK/US relationships.

For more information please contact Hannah.collins@cbi.og.uk