Building a strong UK-EU relationship – the UK’s largest trading partner - will ensure the UK remains a serious competitor on the global stage, boosting jobs, growth and prosperity across the country, and allow the UK to take full advantage of the new opportunities and freedoms our new trading relationship brings.
Brexit has delivered an economic hit, but the new trade agreement with the EU can be used as a jumping off point, setting the stage for a partnership that’s built upon beyond simple problem solving. That’s why we’re calling on government to move beyond the politics - to build on the deal and grasp opportunities to support the UK’s world-leading sectors.
Minimise disruption and unnecessary costs and barriers to trade by identifying the required practical adjustments
Help business adjust to the new trading relationship by publishing up to date, digestible guidance and keeping business informed of key decisions
Build a partnership that supports the UK’s world-leading sectors, from services and tech to automotive and creative industries
Our trading relationship with the EU will determine how future generations live and work in the UK for decades to come. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, business and the economy need an ambitious trade deal that supports international competitiveness.
As firms adjust to new processes and procedures, they will be keen to see quick progress on issues outside of the deal to support business. Greater regulatory cooperation on financial services and mutual recognition of professional qualifications, are just two business-critical issues that will make a material difference.
Over the coming weeks, months, and years, it’s vital that government and business work closely together to shape the new relationship with the EU as it evolves, ensuring the UK remains a competitive, dynamic and innovative economy that’s able to drive prosperity across all of its regions and nations.
"Brexit has delivered an economic hit and divided business and government for four years. But we can use our new Brexit deal, as a jumping-off point, to put the politics behind us, grasp the opportunities ahead, and win more business in critical areas. There is more to do with Europe - our largest trading partner."Tony Danker, Director-General, CBI
As the UK and EU forge new paths and strengthen their partnership over the coming months and years, the role of business will be vital. A trading relationship that lets business focus on growth, R&D and innovation will be essential.
40% of UK services exports go to the EU: worth £120 billion to the UK economy in 2018
The EU is the UK’s largest trading partner for goods, accounting for 50% of total exports in 2018 - over £170 billion every year
78% of UK exporters sell into the EU32 and its 446 million consumers. 96% of these firms are SMEs
To confidently invest in jobs and opportunities, business needs the tools and guidance required to adjust to the new rules. Find out what business’ priorities are for the future relationship and how firms can prepare.
The CBI campaigns tirelessly on behalf of our members so that business creates prosperity for all. Learn more about the work we do and the impact we are making on this issue.
Shaping our future
Making a success of Brexit
CBI response to exiting the EU Committee Inquiry on terms of negotiation
Treasury Select Committee's inquiry on EU Exit and transitional arrangements
The UK-Ireland relationship
The importance of a smooth transition to a new EU deal
The UK's future customs arrangement with the EU
The trade costs of a "no deal" scenario
Government guarantees EU citizens rights in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit
The Government agrees to pursue a status quo transition
Top five consequences of "no deal" Brexit
Preparing for Future Customs Arrangements
The room where it happens
A business plan for a good Brexit
The future UK-EU relationship
Survey: How businesses are preparing for Brexit
Customs union: the facts
CBI welcomes Labour backing for customs union
Prime Minister’s Mansion House speech
How to protect the service sector post-Brexit
CBI calls government to take five steps to protect services post-Brexit
Collaborate to innovate
Smooth operations: A CBI report
Views of industry trade associations on EU rules and regulations
Government agrees that BSI will continue membership of European standards bodies
Business on a connected island
Brexit White Paper reflects evidence that the CBI has been highlighting since the Referendum
Understanding the Norway model
Understand how the relationship between Switzerland and the EU operates
UK jobs and the economy: the impact of a no deal Brexit
No deal: consequences for the UK economy and jobs across every region
The Brexit deal for services
The Brexit deal for regulation
If UK does not agree a common rulebook with the EU, it could turn into a nightmare for British businesses
Brexit: Why frictionless trade matters for manufacturers
The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration signed off by the European Council
CETA: The UK’s future relationship with Europe
Impact of a 'no deal' Brexit across the UK
Nearly nine in ten businesses want an extension to Article 50
CBI responds to vote on Article 50 extension
CBI and TUC call on Prime Minister to change Brexit approach
CBI calls for parliament to stop the circus and prioritise jobs and livelihoods
CBI publishes analysis of Brexit options
Trade in a customs union
CBI President John Allan urges all sides to resolve the Brexit deadlock
CBI calls for leadership candidates to build a prosperous post-Brexit Britain
What comes next? The business analysis of no deal
Brexit roadshow: businesses voice no-deal concerns
Building a world-leading UK trade policy
Learning from the U.S. on business and trade
The Red Tape Challenge: business priorities for the future UK-EU economic relationship
The UK and EU official negotiating mandates: what this means for business
Business cannot prepare for a no-deal Brexit in the middle of a pandemic
Seven questions on what the Internal Market means for your business
CBI sets out steps to mitigate disruption at the end of the transition period
No deal preparations hub updated and opened up to all businesses
The CBI launches its Invest for Growth campaign to increase UK R&D spend to 3%, with its Now is the Time to Innovate – Road to 3% report
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This campaign is led by the CBI's EU Negotiations team.
Contact Nicole Sykes, Head of EU Negotiations, to find out why businesses are urgently trying to avoid no-deal and how you can support this aim.