Business taskforce needed in EU Brexit discussions, say Welsh business leaders


The South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce has today [Tuesday 28 June] issued a letter pressing First Minister, Carwyn Jones, to convene a new, broad-based business taskforce to advise the government during the EU withdrawal period, to ensure business considerations form a key part of the Welsh Government’s Brexit policies.

Liz Maher, president of the South and Mid Wales Chambers of Commerce, said: “The result of last week’s EU referendum has significant implications for Welsh businesses and our economy as a whole.

“The business community is looking to both the Welsh and UK governments to now work together to provide economic stability in the short term, as well as ongoing clarity and action to deliver an economically successful Wales in the future.”

In a matter of days, businesses in Wales, such as Aston Martin and Airbus, have already highlighted the key action needed to ensure business continues as normal in the wake of the Brexit, such as securing a tariff free access to the EU market.  Tata Steel also confirmed that the result has stalled the sale of its UK operations following a number of potential buyers withdrawing.

“Business people must also play their part if we are to continue to drive forward an ambitious and expanding Welsh economy. This is why I’ve, today, written to the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, to propose he convenes a business taskforce as a vehicle for Welsh businesses to ensure their voice is heard in the Brexit negotiations, and the planning that the Welsh Government must undertake before the UK leaves the EU for good.

“In my letter to the First Minister, I’ve also asked key questions that Chamber members have raised with us over the last few days. Although negotiations for leaving the EU may take two or more years, the Welsh Government should act now to give as much clarification as possible to businesses, so that we can prepare for life outside of the EU.”

The South and Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce is an independent business support organisation providing representation and a voice for businesses across the region.

Tuesday 28 June, 2016

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