25 January 2019

Update

Westminster update

As the weather gets colder, the CBI’s engagement continues to strengthen.

Westminster update

Last week, Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director General, and Josh Hardie, Deputy Director-General, met with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Jeremy Hunt to discuss EU Negotiations as well as foreign policy and domestic economy links. Carolyn and Josh agreed with Mr Hunt that UK strength internationally is directly connected to economic strength at home which was highlighted in the CBI’s report, Winning Worldwide. Going forward, the CBI will keep an open dialogue with Mr Hunt and will continue to discuss foreign policy in upcoming meetings.

Elsewhere, Carolyn held a call with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to discuss the parliamentary vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal and what should happen next. Carolyn reiterated business calls to unlock the Brexit deadlock by all MPs finding consensus and compromise.

Also discussing Brexit and on the day of the Prime Minister’s statement in Parliament, Carolyn met with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd. The conversation was dominated by EU Negotiations and Carolyn emphasised how urgent the situation now is, going on to explain that the speed of negotiations is being outpaced by the reality firms are facing on the ground.

Finally, CBI’s Chief UK Policy Director, Matthew Fell, discussed NHS procurement post Brexit with Health Minister, Stephen Hammond. On the topic of NHS procurement post Brexit, staff turnover in the NHS and Brexit messaging was focused on.

For more information please contact Hannah.collins@cbi.og.uk