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Businesses: answer our questions

As the Brexit negotiations continue, and MPs continue to squabble in parliament, companies across the country and in Europe are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of clarity.

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Businesses are increasingly frustrated by the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit and current negotiations

Most recently, major businesses and global brands such as BMW and Airbus threatened that it may not invest as heavily in the UK as it has done in the past, if a deal is not reached. The companies say that production could be relocated.

Now, the BBC has reported that the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has published a list of 23 ‘real world’ questions that need to be answered, for the sake of businesses that urgently need to know what will happen when Britain leaves the European Union.

Now with the time running out ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU, business patience is reaching breaking point

In 2016 and indeed up until now, the major concerns for the print industry was the uncertainty and lack of clarity surrounding the process. The BCC says that companies are no clearer on any issues than when the decision to leave was first announced.

The 23 questions include topics on customs and whether there will be new procedures, checks on goods. With companies becoming international, the mobility of workers to move staff between offices is also a question.
Businesses also feel that they are still not listened to, despite it being made easier to put views across for Theresa May. Because of the slow progress of the Brexit negotiations, businesses are preparing for the worst, which is shown by the potential moves of BMW and Airbus.

Britain voted to the leave the European Union in 2016, with the split supposed to happen in 2019

Speaking to the BBC, Adam Marshall, director general of the BCC, says: “Over the past two years, businesses have been patient. Now with the time running out ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU, business patience is reaching breaking point.

“It’s time for politicians to stop the squabbling and the Westminster point-scoring concerns of businesses of every size and sector, in every part of the UK.”

Brexit is something that will affect everyone, even well-known brands and businesses such as the aforementioned BMW and Airbus, both of which are coming up with a plan B. The uncertainty behind Brexit is forcing many businesses to prepare for the worst.

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