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Brexit - Shaping a great future...

...and making sure uncertainty doesn't hold us back

As the leading voice for business in the East Midlands, the Chamber continues to gather intelligence on the short, medium and long-term impact of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

Brexit bannerWe are working with other Chambers through the British Chambers of Commerce to ensure we deliver, on behalf of our members and business generally, an informed, robust and comprehensive overview of real and potential challenges as well as opportunities that members face following the UK's decision to leave the EU.

The views and insights of our members since 23 June have been fed into broader research led by the BCC and is helping to shape national policy, including the BCC Brexit Transition Principles, to which we have subscribed.

Your continued involvement is essential to ensuring that together we shape a great future, that we maximise all the opportunities that will come from our eventual withdrawal from the EU and to ensuring that we recognise and avoid the potential pitfalls along the way.

Towards that end, we have partnered with law firm Eversheds to offer members a dedicated Brexit helpline. Chamber members calling the lo-call rate number 0333 456 0480 will be offered one hour’s free over-the-phone advice by an expert from the Eversheds legal team.

If you have any other questions, observations or experiences you want to share with the Chamber, please email plc@m-n.ouoiyecdlc.k.

As part of the process to inform and be informed, the Chamber has organised a programme of interactive seminars and workshops, designed to learn from members what their on-going concerns are and to arm them with the fullest possible understanding and knowledge of what post-Brexit conditions for business - locally, nationally and internationally - might look like.

Details of forthcoming events are listed below.

We are also determined to keep members informed of developments as they happen. Recent stories, ours and those from other sources, that will help to inform members can be found here.

Shaping a Great Future

Shaping a Great Future document
The Chamber led a delegation of leading regional businesses to Westminster to launch an eight-page report setting out what business wants from Brexit.

The report is called Shaping a Great Future: Leading Balanced and Sustainable Growth in a Post-Brexit Economy
The full story is Business tells Ministers what it wants from Brexit
Feedback: Nottingham East MP Chris Leslie on Chamber Brexit event at Westminster

Uploaded 25 July: How has Brexit vote affected UK economy? July verdict
Uploaded 21 July: Cabinet accepts Brexit transition will mean years of free movement
Uploaded 20 July: UK could return radioactive waste to EU without nuclear deal
Uploaded 20 July: No-deal Brexit would spawn 'legal morass and economic disaster'
Uploaded 20 July: British and EU negotiators to outline progress
Uploaded 19 July: 'City will have to launch Brexit plans if there is no transitional deal'
Uploaded 19 July: Divisions exposed over £66bn Brexit divorce bill
Uploaded 18 July: David Davis leaves Brussels after less than an hour of Brexit talks
Uploaded 17 July: Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges
Uploaded 17 July: Former civil service head warns Theresa May of Brexit chaos
Uploaded 17 July: UK finally accepts it WILL have to foot a bill for Brexit
Uploaded 17 July: UK housing market shrugs off concerns of Brexit slowdown
Uploaded 17 July: UK 'sleepwalking' into food insecurity after Brexit, academics say
Uploaded 14 July: UK public finances face twin threat of Brexit and downturn - OBR
Uploaded 14 July: Brexit bill to cause constitutional clash with Scotland and Wales
Uploaded 13 July: Brexit plans could fall apart 'like a chocolate orange', says auditor general
Uploaded 13 July: Labour threatens to defeat Theresa May over 'great repeal bill'
Uploaded 13 July: Irish business leaders warn of 'calamitous divorce'
Uploaded 12 July: EU negotiator Barnier firm on citizens' rights
Uploaded 12 July: Davis snubs attempt to keep EU courts ruling in post-Brexit Britain
Uploaded 12 July: Vince Cable: PM seeking a Tory-Labour coalition to achieve hard Brexit
Uploaded 12 July: Political upheaval will lead to UK economy slowing down

News stories about Brexit have flowed thick and fast since Britain's historic vote on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU. They are far too numerous to continue to list on this page but have been archived to another page, available through this link, to provide a narrative for the process.

Upcoming events

All of these events will discuss the EU Referendum at some stage on their agenda.

There are no public events planned for this side of Christmas but keep watching this space as we will upload next year's events as they are arranged. Enjoy your festive break.

Providing facts and clarity about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU should be the Government’s main focus.

Scott KnowlesScott Knowles, the Chamber's Chief Executive, said: “The immediate priorities for UK business in the wake of the historic referendum result are market stability, economic security and political clarity.

“Business thrives on certainty. What business needs today is to see the road map Prime Minister Theresa May and her Government plan to use to navigate our exit from the EU, it needs clarity on important issues such as the status of EU workers during and beyond Brexit, it needs to know what our relationship is going to be with the EU and non-EU countries, what trade deals are being negotiated - in short, business needs to know where it will see green lights and where it will face red or amber lights and it needs to be consulted on and involved in all discussions to turn all the traffic lights green.''

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