Coronavirus has consumed UK business’ attention, leaving them unable to prepare for a chaotic exit from the EU. A good deal with the EU will be key for the future of our economy, jobs and livelihoods – and will allow the UK to take full advantage of new freedoms while balancing the needs of the economy.
A future relationship that safeguards jobs, growth and prosperity is vital to competitiveness. The agreement must support the UK’s world-leading services firms, free UK exporters’ hands from red tape, and facilitate simpler customs procedures. That’s why we’re asking the government to build a future economic relationship that truly works for UK firms.
Deliver an ambitious trade deal with the EU which ensures comprehensive coverage of services trade, cooperation on regulation, and makes customs simple
Minimise disruption and avoid unnecessary costs and barriers to trade by reducing red tape
Help business prepare for the future trading relationship by keeping firms informed of key decisions
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.
Business backs many of the government’s objectives for the future trading relationship with the EU, from tariff free trade to mutual recognition of qualifications. But when it comes to the UK’s services trade, cooperation on regulation and customs procedures, how the UK strikes a balance between access and control will be vital in ensuring future prosperity.
The business voice is critical to ensure a good relationship is secured and prosperity is shared across the UK. But in order for business to support government in this endeavour, the debate must remain rooted in commercial realities.
"Now it’s time to look forward, not backward, and build an unbreakable partnership between business and government. The message from business is clear: we’re here to help and play our part."Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director General
As the UK and EU prepare to negotiate their new economic relationship, the role of business will be vital. A trading relationship that lets business focus on growth, on R&D and on 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 the jobs and opportunities that create prosperity, business needs a deal that ensures the UK remains open to the world, delivers ambitious cooperation and allows access to the talent needed to grow. And, in the case of a no deal, business needs to be prepared in order to mitigate against the potential impact. 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
No deal preparations hub updated and opened up to all businesses
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
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.