13 September 2018


CBI calls time on 'no deal' in speech at the Scotland Annual Dinner

Carolyn Fairbairn addressed Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson amongst other senior Scottish politicians at the CBI Scotland Annual Dinner.

CBI calls time on 'no deal' in speech at the Scotland Annual Dinner

Last week CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, attended the CBI Scotland Annual Dinner. Carolyn addressed an audience of more than 500 Scottish business leaders, politicians and journalists to highlight the dangers of a ‘no deal’ Brexit to Scotland. Further to this, Carolyn emphasised the need for a single post-Brexit immigration system that worked for all parts of the UK.

Following Carolyn’s welcome, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, gave an overview of her recently announced Programme for Government, including further details on a commitment to work with CBI Scotland to boost exporting by uncovering the next wave of Scottish exporters. The First Minister also delivered a warning about the economic difficulties a no deal scenario would bring, including making trade more difficult and losing vital skills from the UK economy. She concluded by asking business to take this message to the Government in Westminster.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, concluded the dinner by speaking about the role of business in promoting positive social change and facilitated an on-stage Q&A session with Carolyn and the First Minister on the issues of diversity and inclusion.

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For more information please contact mari.tunby@cbi.org.uk