16 October 2020
Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:
“After four years of negotiations and so many hurdles crossed, this is no time to give up. Neither side can afford to fall at the final fence. A deal is the only outcome that protects COVID-hit livelihoods at a time when every job in every country counts.
“Businesses are clear on the benefits of a deal. Agreement brings the clarity needed for urgent preparations. Maximising customs cooperation will minimise red tape. A deal will bolster implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol and safeguard investment critical for future jobs.
“It will also make fast agreement on data possible, so vital for the UK’s 80% services economy.
“With tenacity, common sense and compromise, a deal is still possible. Businesses call on leaders on both sides to stay at the table and find a route through.”