The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in conjunction with the four UK-wide business organisations (CBI, FSB, IOD and EEF) have sought to explore areas of common interest around Brexit, particularly since the General Election of the 8th June. A joint statement has been produced on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union which covers both the transition phase and principles to underpin a final agreement between the UK and EU-27.
The main focus of the statement will help inform the basis of the Thames Valley Chamber’s own business and representative activity during 2017/18 and any response we make to Government and the BCC moving forward. Statement as below:
We, the undersigned, represent hundreds of thousands of businesses across the United Kingdom employing millions of people.
The business community fully accepts the decision of voters last June that the UK will leave the European Union. We have come together to urge the Government to put the economy first as it prepares to start formal negotiations on the UK’s departure from the European Union. This is a deal that when finally agreed will matter fundamentally for the UK economy, for UK companies and for citizen of the UK. A deal that supports growth will allow companies to hire more people, raise living standards and improve lives across the country.
We call on the Government to ensure that negotiations take place in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and engage continuously with UK business interests on the many crucial and complex aspects of our future economic relationship with the European Union. If the Government moves forward in real partnership with business, drawing on its expertise, it will be in a strong position to protect and strengthen the UK’s economy during this vital period and beyond.
ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES FOR THE UK’S TRANSITION OUT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES FOR A FINAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UK AND THE EU27
We recognise these are high-level principles, in an environment of great complexity and detail. We will work closely with each other and with government to explore ways to give effect to these principles.
Adam Marshall, Director General – British Chambers of Commerce
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General – CBI
Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive – EEF
Mike Cherry, National Chairman – Federation of Small Businesses
Stephen Martin, Director General – Institute of Directors