Brexit progress - let’s focus on the fundamentals

Posted by Paul Cherpeau

Chief Executive

Mon 11th, Dec

Friday's announcement of a deal to commence trade negotiations with the EU is an important step for the UK but is, in effect, merely a trigger to begin talking about the actual important things.

With a Brexit date rapidly approaching, the coming six months are critical to ensuring that clarity is provided to businesses about the post-Brexit arrangements for trade, customs, migrant workers and funding.

The dominance of Brexit within both the government and media agendas has diminished the focus upon the critical domestic issues that are impacting our businesses.

Our continuing focus is to ensure attention remains upon improving transport and digital infrastructure, skills and employability access and support and rebalancing the economy for the betterment of the North.

So let’s be relieved that the Brexit deadlock has been broken a little but let us not lose any sense of purpose in pursuing what our city region needs: better rail and road links, further improvements in digital and mobile accessibility, greater opportunities and funding to raise skill levels and resource and support to boost export trade.

It’s a long road, but we look forward to the challenge of enabling our city region to be the best place to start, locate or operate a business in the UK.

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