6 June 2018

Update

The importance of the non-political, honest and factual business voice

The CBI continues to reiterate the need for promote facts and evidence to be placed at the heart of the Brexit debate.

The importance of the non-political, honest and factual business voice

The customs debate has dominated the media in recent weeks, in response, the CBI continues to reiterate the need for unequivocal economic evidence to be placed at the heart of the Brexit debate. Unipart CEO, John Neil, wrote in both the Mail and the Times about this very topic and is one of a growing number of individual business leaders speaking out for a sensible and pragmatic Brexit.

Since the referendum, on behalf of its members, the CBI has been determined to promote facts and evidence over politics and ideology. When there is disagreement at the cabinet table, protecting people’s jobs and safeguarding economic prosperity must be the ultimate goal and shape the direction of Brexit.

When the business voice is heard it makes a difference, the agreement of a status quo transitional was a prime example of how the weight of economic evidence can dispel political ideology. This same mindset must now be carried forward to other crucial areas of Brexit. Not least, the ongoing debate on customs and on regulation which remains fundamental to economic and social success. The chorus of voices from individual business leaders over the months ahead can make a real difference and help policy makers and politicians on both sides find an approach that supports growth and jobs.

There is a lot more to do on education, skills, infrastructure, tax, regulation, productivity, trade and investment and sensible progress on Brexit is essential to create the environment and time for these domestic priorities. 

Business has a key role to play in ensuring all the evidence is on the table as policymakers weigh up the trade-offs and hard choices that need to be made. The importance of the business voice coming to the fore has never been more crucial to the long-term success of the UK.

For more information, insight and intelligence on the latest Brexit developments and its implications, visit the CBI’s Brexit hub, or contact EUNegotiations@cbi.org.uk.