At the time of writing (November 2018) Brexit negotiations are in full swing and the potential for a breakthrough ebbs and flows on a nearly daily basis. The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) will be keeping this page up to date with the latest high level overview of Brexit negotiations.
On the 15th January MPs voted by a record margin to reject the Prime Minister’s Brexit Withdrawal Deal & Political Deceleration.
For more information on the draft Withdrawal Deal and Political Declaration click here for “Brexit FAQs” from the British Chambers of Commerce.
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On the 16th January, the Government defeated a vote of no confidence by a margin of 19 votes and the Prime Minister subsequently returned to Parliament on the 21st January to make a statement on the defeat of her Brexit Bill. Members of Parliament were then given the opportunity to vote on a series of amendments to the Prime Ministers statement on the 29th January, two of which passed. The Prime Minister has stated that she will now return to Brussels to renegotiate the deal with a further meaningful vote expected to take place in February.
The UK’s departure date from the EU at 11pm on the 29th March is written into British law. As a result, unless an alternative is agreed, the UK will leave the EU on this date with or without a deal and transition period. There are currently a number of possible Brexit scenarios still open including: attempts at renegotiation or further votes on the existing Brexit deal, seeking an extension to negotiations, a new referendum or General Election.
However, given the proximity to the 29th March, the Chamber are urging all businesses to ensure they are as prepared as possible for a “no deal” scenario. By preparing for the most disruptive outcome, businesses will be best able to adapt to whatever the end result may bring. The GBCC Business Brexit Health Check and free Brexit Clinic events can help all businesses get started and our high quality training can help businesses trading internationally prepare.
The GBCC, along with the British Chambers of Commerce, continue to lobby stakeholders for more clarity for businesses on the future post-Brexit. Our GBCC Brexit Manifesto outlines what businesses need to see from both Brexit negotiations and domestic policy in order to best succeed and grow.
The GBCC has a wealth of information on businesses’ views on Brexit and the region’s relationship with the EU. Our Brexit Facts & Stats brings this all together in one place and is a great resource for those researching Brexit for business planning or policy purposes.
The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce can help your business navigate Brexit:
If you would like: more information on how the GBCC can support businesses through Brexit, to provide a case study on your Brexit preparations, to recommend a speaker for a GBCC Brexit event, to request a GBCC speaker on Brexit or to enquire about sponsoring Brexit related research please leave your contact details below: