Shape the UK-EU trading relationship

Solving shared challenges and delivering for business


Building a strong UK-EU relationship – the UK’s largest trading partner - will ensure the UK remains a serious competitor on the global stage. The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement can be used as a jumping off point to build ambition and cooperation in critical areas and reduce barriers to trade.


The change we're calling for


The Trade Cooperation Agreement is the foundation of the relationship between the UK and EU. To build on these foundations, we’re asking both sides to work together, to collaborate with business, to solve the shared challenges. That means tackling sustainability; understanding how to do business in a new digital age; and joining forces to secure a global network of trade.

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    Governments must work together to deliver a connected and digital European economy, with world leading AI and R&D centres

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    Europe must commit to a 2050 net zero target to ensure the UK and EU remain global leaders in the fight against climate change

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    The UK and EU must team up to promote open markets through international institutions such as the WTO

Mutual benefits for both economies


A good relationship matters for every business

From jobs and data to exporting of products and services, cooperation between the EU and UK has created sizeable opportunities that benefit all.

  • 5.8 million EU jobs are linked to UK-EU trade

  • The EU is the single largest destination for UK services: worth £120bn annually to the UK economy

  • Over 75% of UK data flows are with the EU, underlining our close links and digital interdependency

A partnership that supports business


Great collaboration benefits us all and can increase output and productivity, boost living standards, and offers consumers lower prices and more choice. Find out how the CBI works together with UK and EU institutions to address the most pressing issues affecting business today and supports business with tools and guidance.

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Our progress and impact


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.

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Support the change

  • Join the CBI

    Our members are our mandate, and the reason we’re the most influential business organisation in the UK. Join the voice of business, and help us campaign to shape a UK-EU trading relationship that works for business.

  • Have your say

    Concerned about the impact of no-deal, access to EU talent, or trading relationships with EU nations? Share your views and help strengthen our calls to government.

  • Make a difference

    This campaign is led by the CBI's Global Trade team. Contact Russell Antram, Head of EU Trade, to find out how businesses can support in shaping the UK-EU trading relationship.