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Are you in or are you out?

19 July 2018

The UK will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. The Government’s latest White Paper on Brexit seeks to provide a clear vision on negotiating our exit. Download it here!

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Back in January 2017, the Prime Minister set out 12 principles that would guide the Government and the UK towards its exit from the EU. The Government’s new White Paper sets out the basis for these priorities and looks at the approach needed to forge a new strategic partnership between the UK and the EU. 

The Prime Minister states in her foreword:

“We are an outward-facing, trading nation; we have a dynamic, innovative economy; and we live by common values of openness, the rule of law, and tolerance of others. Leaving the EU gives us the opportunity to deliver on that ambition once and for all – strengthening our economy, our communities, our union, our democracy, and our place in the world, while maintaining a close friendship and strong partnership with our European neighbours.”

The White Paper contains four detailed chapters that looks at a principled and practical Brexit:

1. Economic partnership
2. Security partnership
3. Cross-cutting and other cooperation 
4. Institutional arrangements 

Commenting on the publication of the White Paper, Stephen Phipson CBE, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:

“EEF welcomes the White Paper. This is a further step forward following the Chequers meeting. We are pleased with the focus on a simple movement of goods, the protection of the integrated supply chain and a lack of friction at the border. Achieving these key outcomes will help secure the jobs and livelihoods of millions of hard working families.

“However, more work is required. It is clear that the UK has taken a very positive and constructive step forward today and we call upon the EU to respond in kind, for the benefit of all. We also repeat our request to all sides that business must play an active role in the discussions and support negotiations over the summer and autumn. The timetable is short and it is important that commercial expertise is at the table. We look forward to working with Government and the EU to secure the best deal for British business and the people who depend upon it.”

Click here to download the White Paper 


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