|Author (Corporate)||Confederation of British Industry, Trades Union Congress|
|Series Title||Press Release|
Ahead of the European Council summit in Brussels, 28-29 June 2018, the Directors General of BusinessEurope and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Markus Beyrer and Carolyn Fairbairn, and the General Secretaries of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the (UK) Trades Union Confederation (TUC), Luca Visentini and Frances O’Grady issued an unprecedented joint statement on the 27 June 2018 urging faster progress on Brexit negotiations - in particular, on key issues including regulatory alignment, frictionless trade and Northern Ireland.
Further pressure from UK business representatives on the UK Government came on the 3 July 2018 when the British Chambers of Commerce published the two-dozen top real-world questions being asked on Brexit by businesses across the UK – and said the government had managed to make limited progress on just 2 of the 23 issues where clarity was urgently needed so that firms could plan their trade following the UK’s departure from the EU.
The leading business organisation called on the UK government to draw a line under internal political debate and deliver urgent clarity on the practical, detailed issues that underpinned trade – or face a continued deterioration in investment intentions and confidence as the clock ticked down to the October 2018 deadline to complete the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement.
Key issues to be clarified revolved around:
The United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a Cabinet away day at Chequers on the 6 July 2018 to discuss and collectively agree the UK’s detailed vision for a new EU-UK relationship after Britain's departure after March 2019.
Following the Chequers meeting the Prime Minister was able to declare that an agreement had been reached and adopted by all Cabinet Ministers. The conclusions reached covered:
+ a substantial evolution of the existing UK proposals for the future relationship with the EU
The Confederation of British Industry said 'Business will welcome the fact the Government has reached agreement. This is a genuine confidence boost and the Prime Minister deserves credit for delivering a unified approach'.
On the 3 August 2018 the Institute of Directors called on the Government to speed up publication of its ‘no deal’ guidance, as a survey of 800 business leaders revealed that less than a third had conducted any Brexit contingency planning.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|