Brexit declaration: BCC Reaction

Commenting on today’s (22 Nov) announcement that the UK government and EU Commission have agreed a Political Declaration, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“While we welcome the fact that more flesh has been put on the bones of the proposed future UK-EU relationship, the reality is that the clarity and precision businesses need to plan for the long term can only be delivered when the details are hammered out and fully agreed. There are still big questions to answer – including whether businesses will be able to conduct trade between the UK and the EU without significant new barriers or costs.

“For business, this is just the end of the beginning of the Brexit process. Our trading firms will be paying close attention to what happens next, particularly as the proposals are debated in Parliament over the days ahead. Businesses remain deeply concerned about the potential for a political stand-off that leads to a messy and disorderly exit from the EU next March.

“We have raised a number of important questions with the Government on behalf of business communities across the UK, and their responses will inform our continuing assessment of the proposed agreement and its implications for business, investment and the wider economy – as captured in our practical Business Brexit Risk Register.”

Leeds takes centre stage in Channel 4 move

Of Channel 4’s decision to move its headquarters to the city, Leeds Chamber of Commerce President, Paula Dillon, a partner with law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, said:

Thrilled with broadcaster’s decision

“Channel 4’s decision emphasises the strength of the city and region, and the role of Leeds at the centre of the North and the heart of the UK. This decision is hugely significant and reinforces Leeds’s presence on the national stage.

“The importance of culture and diversity is increasingly becoming a major component in decision-making around investment, and Channel 4 was clear that access to a wide and culturally diverse talent pool was an essential part of its decision-making process. This presents fabulous opportunities to harness the creativity located in our region’s towns and cities. We already have a strong, regional track record in the creative arts but bringing the commissioning powers of Channel 4 along with the additional production companies which will want to locate within its orbit will present opportunities.

“The recent recognition at the International Downtown Association awards in the USA where Leeds International Festival picked up a major award shows how important culture and digital are in the economies of places and highlights the region’s strengths in these areas. In attracting and retaining high quality and diverse talent through a strong cultural and digital offering we will continue attracting world class jobs. This week’s decision shows we are on this journey.

“The project to woo Channel 4 to Leeds was a fantastic example of the collaboration which has been taking place in recent years. Not just amongst local authorities but between the public and private sector too. Congratulations to all those involved in securing this investment and all credit to Cllrs Judith Blake and Susan Hinchcliffe, Tom Riordan, Roger Marsh and all at the Leeds City Region LEP investment team.”

Help with the EU Settlement Scheme

The Government has issued an updated version of the employer tool-kit that helps EU citizens and their families applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The link below will take you to a government web page with link to the tool-kit.  That page also has links to other guidance, including how to communicate the facts of the Settlement Scheme with your employees.

Click here

Other Chamber information in relation to Brexit can be found here.