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GB public right to be concerned about deal

 

A General Election called to provide clarity on Brexit has led to a scenario few predicted. In the interests of the country, it is essential we reappraise our approach.

While Brexit will impact our communities differently, businesses across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all want the best deal possible. By feeding into the negotiations, each nation can play its part securing a good outcome for the whole of the UK.

Business is committed to making a success of Brexit and the opportunities it presents. For Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales a good deal is one that puts people, trade and jobs first.

And, as powers are repatriated from the EU to the UK and devolved nations, a joined-up discussion with business should take place so powers are returned to the right level and firms can continue to benefit from an effective UK single market.

By understanding the concerns and priorities of businesses in the devolved nations, UK negotiators will be more informed and have a better chance of securing a good deal.

Following an election campaign where the economy received little attention, it’s right that it returns to the top of the agenda.

Devolved nations should be partners, not strangers, in the Brexit talks.

ANGELA MCGOWAN,

CBI Northern Ireland

HUGH AITKEN,

CBI Scotland

IAN PRICE

CBI Wale

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