19 February 2018
Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:
“Business will welcome the Secretary of State’s recognition of the benefits of frictionless trade and the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining high standards to keep people and products safe.
“Aligning the rules of trade across sectors to keep barriers low will help preserve jobs and investment, signalling to the world that Britain remains a great pace to do business. No sector is looking for divergence.
“Evidence, not ideology should guide the UK’s thinking on a close future relationship with the EU. And flexibility will be required from both sets of negotiators to seek solutions that will preserve prosperity on both sides of the Channel.”
Notes to Editors:
Securing the alignment of data rules is vital to protect thousands of innovative businesses that make up the UK’s £240 billion data economy.