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British Irish Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Outcome of UK General Election

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British Irish Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Outcome of UK General Election

British Irish Chamber of Commerce Reacts to Outcome of UK General Election
December 13
15:35 2019

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has congratulated UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on his election win and urged elected MPs to work together in defining the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Reacting to the outcome of the UK general election, John McGrane, Director-General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, said: “The British Irish Chamber of Commerce congratulates Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on his victory and welcomes the certainty that the result delivers. Businesses can now prepare in the knowledge that the UK will leave the EU at the end of January in an orderly way as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement.”

“We can now move past the current Withdrawal phase of Brexit and look towards the future trade talks. These talks will ultimately decide how businesses across these islands interact and trade with each other over the longer term and will be far more consequential for business and trade.

“As we now look to the long-term relationship for the UK and EU, getting the best deal is going to be far more important than getting a quick deal. This will be the most important trade deal that has ever been negotiated by either party and millions of businesses will be looking on as choices are made that will directly impact their trade and the livelihoods of countless employees and communities.

“We urge all MPs to work together to achieve a favourable outcome from the next phase of Brexit. The British Irish Chamber of Commerce is in a unique position to provide practical solutions to negotiators that will ensure that Brexit can happen while also protecting the economies and trade between the two nations that we represent and we stand ready to do so.”

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce is a private sector trade organisation, founded in 2011 to represent businesses and employers with interests in the two islands of Great Britain and Ireland. The Chamber’s mission is to highlight, protect and grow the trade between Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. That trade is worth over €1.3 billion a week or €70 billion a year and it supports 400,000 jobs, about evenly between the two islands.

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