Get a move on! British bosses’ warning on stalled Brexit deal
BRITAIN’S captains of industry today order EU negotiators: “Get a bloody move on.”
Next month bosses will begin drawing up plans for 2019, the year the UK quits the EU.
And unless progress is urgently made now, they will have to work on the assumption there will be no deal.
The plea for action comes in an open letter to Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
The letter, signed by the bosses of more than 100 of Britain’s biggest firms with a million employees in Britain and the
EU, says: “The risk of no deal remains real and has to be planned for, with inevitable consequences for jobs and growth.” The business leaders want Mr Davis and Mr Barnier to agree a three-year transitional arrangement with the EU after Brexit.
A separate statement by BusinessEurope, representing EU firms, adds: “Business needs certainty and time to prepare. The slow pace of negotiations is of special concern.”
Meanwhile Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson upset business yesterday by saying Britain should turn its back on the single market and not pay a fee to trade with Europe.
Bookies Ladbrokes immediately made Boris 8/1 to be next to leave the Cabinet while Lib Dem leader Vince Cable branded him “a Poundland Donald
Trump on manoeuvres”.
‘POUNDLAND TRUMP’ Boris Johnson