19 April 2017
Business leaders in Greater Birmingham today said a General Election on June 8 would result in a much-needed “clear mandate” for Brexit and other global tensions.
Paul Faulkner (pictured), chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, said: “We understand the importance of having a Government with a strong, clear mandate as we enter the most important negotiation of our generation - Brexit.
“This election, provided it receives the go-ahead from Parliament, should provide that backing to the winner and make clear the will of the British public.
“But we urge the Government to do their utmost to provide stability and consistency in the run-up to the day, and for our new Government afterwards.
“There is no denying the growing uncertainties on the horizon not just on Brexit but on other global political tensions.
“The run-up to the General Election cannot divert Government's attention from delivering strong domestic policy, clear negotiating tactics on Brexit and maintaining and growing the UK's position on the international stage.
“In this region we already have an important election coming up: the West Midlands Mayor on 4 May. During this time strong local leadership and ensuring our region's voice is heard will remain vitally important.
“I would urge businesses and voters to continue to engage with this election as the race to the general election heats up.”
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