REACTION TO PM’S BREXIT PLANS
Delight as Prime Miniister shows “strong leadership” over EU exit
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.
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