Responding to tonight’s meaningful vote, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Mike Cherry said: “Political games have dominated Westminster for far too long and this defeat simply extends the political paralysis that is bringing us perilously close to the cliff edge.
“A last minute no deal Brexit would be disastrous for our small firms who will be faced with supply chain disruptions, customs chaos, loss of tariff free trade and easy access to crucial markets. This reality has become more likely after tonight. All eyes now turn to tomorrow’s vote on a no deal Brexit. Small firms want all MPs to think long and hard about the impact it will have on these firms as they have the chance to vote against a no deal happening on 29 March.
“Small businesses are increasingly frustrated. While these political games have been playing out, small firms have been made to suffer - unable to invest, plan, hire and grow. Unsurprisingly, small business confidence is close to rock bottom having entered a third consecutive quarter in negative territory.
“While Parliament dithers, debates and delays, the reality is that there are just 17 days to go and small firms are still blindly in the dark about how they will be operating post 29 March. A transition period is absolutely critical to protecting small businesses and giving them the time they need to adapt.
“Small businesses need politicians to stop playing games, come together and try to find a credible route out of this mess. Pragmatism from everyone is long overdue – we need a solution that protects businesses, communities and the economy and we need it now.”
As the UK’s largest business support group, FSB is the voice of the UK’s small businesses and the self-employed. Established over 40 years ago to help its members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by its members, for its members. As the UK’s leading business campaigner, FSB is focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed.
FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including access to finance, business banking, legal advice and support along with a powerful voice in Government. Each year FSB also runs the UK’s Celebrating Small Business Awards. More information is available at www.fsb.org.uk. You can follow us on twitter @fsb_policy and on Instagram @fsb_uk.
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