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20th Feb, 2020

Business leaders urge new government to avoid no-deal Brexit

Andy Morris 17th Dec, 2019

BUSINESS leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire have urged Boris Johnson’s new government to restore confidence and certainty in the UK economy by avoiding a no-deal Brexit.

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said it was time to encourage businesses to invest after years of uncertainty which had stifled growth.

She has identified a number of priorities for the new government, including a review of the business rates system, improvements to local public transport, and ruling out a no-deal Brexit.

She said: “We know there are still different opinions on Brexit – but now we know it will be delivered it is absolutely vital that we leave with a deal and secure a very good trading relationship with the EU in the future after a smooth transition.

“Aside from that, there is a huge amount to do on the domestic front. Only last week, we met with branch chairs and business leaders across Coventry and Warwickshire to discuss what firms need to boost investment and increase confidence.

“It’s vital that the new government listens to the needs of business in order to get stronger growth in our economy.”

The government today (Tuesday December 17) announced plans to rule out any extension to the Brexit transition period beyond the end of next year – which critics say raises the chance of leaving the EU without a trade deal.

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