Big-name busi­nesses say: Sup­port May plan

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Neil Craven

DOZENS of se­nior busi­ness lead­ers and or­gan­i­sa­tions have thrown their sup­port be­hind Theresa May’s Brexit deal and called for an end to the political uncer­tainty.

In a sur­vey by The Mail on Sun­day, 35 com­pa­nies, trade bod­ies and ex­ec­u­tives urged MPs to back the Prime Minister, say­ing the tran­si­tional deal pre­sented the best route to avoid­ing a no-deal Brexit and would en­cour­age firms to be­gin in­vest­ing in Bri­tain again.

Iain Conn, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Bri­tish Gas owner Cen­trica, said he had read most of the 585-page draft agree­ment and added: ‘Any ne­go­ti­ated with­drawal agree­ment to end the uncer­tainty and avoid un­nec­es­sary dam­age to the UK econ­omy is sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than no deal. It is time to move for­ward.’

RBS boss Ross McE­wan said the econ­omy needed more cer­tainty.

Oth­ers back­ing the deal in­clude the UK sub­sidiaries of As­ton Mar­tin, Ford, Honda, Toy­ota and Vaux­hall owner PSA as well as Rolls-Royce, BAE Sys­tems, Siemens, Air­bus and Bom­bardier,

Some con­tinue to voice their con­cerns. Tim Mar­tin, founder and chair­man of pub chain Wetherspoon, be­lieves the deal ‘sells Bri­tain down the river’.

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