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22 November 2018

Political declaration shows Brexit job far from finished

Responding to the Prime Minister’s Commons Statement on the political declaration between the UK and EU, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry, said: “Last week’s draft withdrawal agreement brought with it the promise of hope that the coveted transition period was a step closer to being secured - a transition period that avoids a damaging and dangerous no deal Brexit that would be catastrophic for the UK’s small businesses.

“As today’s political declaration outlines, this is just the start of what will be a monumental task in shaping what our eventual future relationship with the EU will be once we actually leave.

“Once we leave the EU on the 29th March 2019, the job must start in earnest to negotiate this comprehensive partnership and secure the easiest and least costly access to the EU single market and those countries we currently have trading relationships with through our membership of the EU. Small businesses need and want a trading relationship that does not bring with it extra costs or administrative burdens.

“Furthermore, work must start on designing a future immigration system that is simple, affordable and easy to use. An immigration system that allows our small businesses to hire and retain the staff they need to grow.

“We will continue to engage with our members and the Government to ensure that the future relationship with the EU works for the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses and allows them to thrive.”