New PM must solve Brexit dilemma fast, urge Britain’s manufacturers

24 May 2019

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In response to Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation, Britain’s manufacturers & businesses are calling on whoever takes over as PM to quickly find a solution to the Brexit dilemma.

Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK (formerly EEF), the manufacturers’ organisation, said: “Theresa May has worked hard to secure a pragmatic departure from the EU that protected our world class British manufacturing industry. We acknowledge her tenacity and hard work. In the last two years, we have welcomed her focus on a modern industrial strategy and building strong relationships with business.

“Britain’s manufacturers now call on whoever takes over as Prime Minister to find a solution to the Brexit dilemma at speed. We have limited time before we leave the EU in October, and we must avoid using much of that time engaged in Westminster politics. Extended lack of clarity over Britain’s future trading environment with our most important market risks making an already bad situation worse: Make UK has consistently highlighted how serious we consider this issue to be.

“We look forward to working as closely and successfully with the new Prime Minister, building on the foundations laid by Theresa May – it is critical that as we face the UK's biggest ever peace time challenge, business and government work hand in hand."

Meanwhile, the CBI has also responded to Theresa May's speech setting out the timetable for her departure, with CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn saying: “The Prime Minister could not have worked harder to deliver a Brexit deal that protects the economy. She leaves office with the respect of business.

“But her resignation must be now be a catalyst for change. There can be no plan for Britain without a plan for Brexit. Winner takes all politics is not working. Jobs and livelihoods are at stake.

“Business and the country need honesty. Nation must be put ahead of party, prosperity ahead of politics. Compromise and consensus must re-find their voice in Parliament.

“We call on politicians from all parties, on all those ambitious to lead, to take this chance for a fresh start.”


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