15 Mar 2019
Commenting on the parliamentary vote on extending Article 50, Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said on Thursday:
“While most businesses will support an extension to Article 50 to avert the prospect of a messy and disorderly exit on 29 March 29, with just two weeks to go this vote leaves firms with no real clarity on the future.
“Although Parliament has indicated this week its desire to avoid a no deal exit and has requested the Prime Minister seek an extension to Article 50, the purpose and the timeframe are yet to be determined. Crucially, until this is agreed with the EU, leaving without a deal on 29 March remains the default position.
“Once again, businesses are left waiting for Parliament to reach a consensus on the way forward and are losing faith that they will achieve this. In the meantime, firms are continuing to enact their contingency plans, anxiety amongst many businesses is rising, and customers are being lost.
“While this process rumbles on, there must be no let up from Government, its agencies and businesses in their preparations for all eventualities, including a no deal exit.
“Businesses, jobs, investment and our communities are still firmly in the danger zone.”
To offer advice and guidance in the lead up to Brexit, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an upcoming business seminar, Glasgow Talks…Brexit, on 22 March.
The event will feature guest speaker Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, principal of the University of Glasgow, who will discuss the post-Brexit economy and the prospects for Scotland and the UK.
Tim Wright, director and co-founder of Twintangibles, will also speak at the event, to reflect on his outlook on Brexit, as the leader of an SME.
The seminar will provide an opportunity for attendees to engage directly with the session chair, Katy Wedderburn, partner of MacRoberts LLP and member of its Brexit group, and chair of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce’s Brexit Watch forum, which acts to represent Chamber members.
Glasgow Talks – supported by Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow and Clydesdale Bank – is Glasgow Chamber of Commerce’s monthly series of business seminars featuring influential guest speakers drawn from the business and political elite.
For more information on Glasgow Talks … Brexit, or to register for the event, please click here.