RE­AC­TION TO PM’S BREXIT PLANS

De­light as Prime Mini­is­ter shows “strong lead­er­ship” over EU exit

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­nell@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

Busi­ness lead­ers in Peter­bor­ough have wel­comed Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s bold move to quit the Sin­gle Mar­ket as the UK looks to leave the Euro­pean Union. But it is Mrs May’s clar­ity and no-non­sense ap­proach that has won sup­port from the city busi­ness lead­ers, a ma­jor­ity of whom were in favour of re­main­ing in the Euro­pean Union be­fore the ref­er­en­dum last June.

A poll by the cham­ber last May found that 63 per cent of busi­nesses had in­di­cated they would vote to re­main in the EU, while 27 per cent said they would vote to leave and 10 per cent were un­de­cided.

I n her 12 point Brexit speech, the Prime Min­is­ter oulined the UK’s ap­proach to its ne­go­ti­a­tions with the EU.

John Bridge, chief ex­e­cu­tuve of Peter­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce, said: “The ma­jor­ity of busi­nesses here wanted the UK to re­main in the UK but they ac­cept there wasademo­crat­icvote­toleave.

“Fol­low­ing that vote what they wanted was the Govern­ment­to­get on­with it and­deal with it.

“They­want­ed­tosee­strong lead­er­ship and that is what Mrs May has shown.

“They also want an early res­o­lu­tion to the po­si­tion of EU na­tion­als work­ing in the UK.

oug Balder­son, chair­man for the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses in Peter­bor­ough, said: “We wanted to see the PrimeMin­is­ter sketch out a ‘pro-busi­ness Brexit’ by ad­dress­ing trade, tal­ent and tran­si­tional ar­range­ments.”

Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son said: “It is wel­come that the Prime Min­is­ter has shown clar­ity, strong lead­er­ship and given busi­ness cer­tainty over this is­sue.”

Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

Ste­wart Jack­son MP.

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