The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the White Paper on Brexit from the UK Government but calls for a full agreement on Services.
John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, said immediately after publication of the White Paper “At last we have real progress. The British Irish Chamber of Commerce welcomes Mrs May’s Government’s White Paper as a set of serious constructive proposals which deserve detailed consideration by the EU in the negotiations ahead. Clearly there are many elements which will need refinement but the basis for a workable outcome is now on the table.
McGrane said the Chamber has long been urging the UK to say what kind of Brexit it wants and at last now we know. “The proposed free trade area in Goods is vital for all, especially our shared agri-food sector. But we cannot afford to end free trade in all Services simply because some sectors might reject the EU’s rules. Services account for more jobs and are vital to enabling all trade and we must keep Services flowing as well as Goods in order to protect jobs across the whole economy.”