Initial Comment On General Election Outcome

16th December 2019
Paul Brooks

Congratulating the Prime Minister on his election victory, as reported at 7.00am, BCC Director General Dr Adam Marshall said:

“Restoring business, investor and consumer confidence – and firing up the economy – must now be the Prime Minister’s top priority.

“Campaign slogans must give way to a renewed focus on the details that matter. Our business communities need to see swift, decisive action to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the EU and to tackle the barriers holding back investment and growth here in the UK.”

Businesses’ priorities for the new government include:

  • Avoiding a no-deal exit from the EU and delivering a smooth transition giving firms time to prepare
  • Acting rapidly to reform business rates and replace them with a fairer system
  • Pressing ahead with improvements to transport infrastructure including HS2,Nothern Powerhouse Rail and additional capacity at Heathrow
  • Investing in our skills base and reforming the Apprenticeships Levy so that more small firms can access high-quality training locally, at affordable cost
  • Delivering a sensible immigration system that gives firms access to essential overseas talent at all levels
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