Brexit: BCC and the Chamber Network are Right at the Heart of Key Discussions


The government issued a booklet this week on EU Citizens’ Rights in light of Brexit. A copy can be downloaded here.


After months of engagement, BCC and the Chamber Network will now be one of just five business organisations – together with CBI, IoD, EEF and FSB — to be members of the formal body for business engagement on Brexit. This will be chaired by Business Secretary Greg Clark, with regular participation by the Brexit Secretary, David Davis, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and DGs of the five business groups. As soon as we have agreed a clear timetable for these meetings, and the major themes to be discussed at each, we will communicate this to ensure we can put the Network’s priority issues and needs forward. We will be working closely with the other business organisations to ensure a shared voice on key issues and Brexit-related legislation wherever possible.

The BCC public affairs team has also been successful in encouraging the Department for International Trade to hold a similar business engagement forum. Liam Fox, the Trade Secretary, is now convening the first meeting of this forum — again with the DGs of BCC, CBI, IOD, EEF and FSB — on 10th July. As with the EU Exit Council, we will communicate the timetable and key agenda points to ensure that we can bring the views of Chambers and Chamber members to the table. This will also provide an opportunity to influence the Government’s planned Trade Bill.


We recently met with the Customs Policy team at Treasury to organise a series of regional roundtables with Chambers and their members, attended by policy officials in HMT and HMRC, with other government departments invited where appropriate – particularly BEIS and DExEU. We will continue to lobby for a Chamber role on the roll-out of AEO and will participate in regular Joint Customs Consultative Committee meetings with HMRC, including the Brexit subcommittee.

BCC is also engaging with Peers ahead of the Customs Bill legislation with the aim to secure activity undertaken by Chambers in future UK Customs Code and other customs legislation.
Adam Marshall spoke at an event with other leading business organisation with a keynote speech by Lord Adonis, the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, on Monday 26th June.

Mike Spicer, BCC’s Director of Research and Economics, is convening a group of senior Chamber representatives to meet with DCLG on 28th June to begin discussion on the principles for post-Brexit regional funding mechanisms in England. A summary note will follow.

Convened by Small Business Minister Margot James, Mike Spicer will attend the first meeting of this forum on behalf of the BCC and the Chamber Network on Thursday 29th June. Further details to follow.

Adam Marshall will be meeting Lord Smith of Kelvin, the BBB’s new Chairman, on 18th July, to discuss how the BBB can better support business finance needs across the UK.

The Executive Committee of the WCF – of which Peter Bishop, Deputy CEO of London Chamber, is a member – is meeting in London on 29th June. Adam Marshall has been invited to give an update to WCF members on Brexit.

27 June 2017

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