Umunna – Government should listen to businesses and act to prevent a cliff-edge Brexit

Both the UK Government and the European Commission need to make progress in agreeing transitional arrangements to prevent a Brexit cliff-edge, British and European businesses employing over a million people say today in a joint letter organised by the CBI. 

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The voice of British businesses, employing hundreds of thousands of people, is clear – the Government must act to avoid a Brexit cliff edge that would erect barriers to trade and put jobs at risk. 

“Transitional arrangements are essential to protecting Britain’s prosperity in the Brexit process. Failing to put adequate measures in place would make a Brexit with no deal at all more likely – a true doomsday scenario for the British economy. 

“Theresa May needs to face down the ideological hardliners in her own party and listen to UK businesses who know that our economy will be damaged and jobs will be lost if we undergo a hard, extreme Brexit.”