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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 19 September: UK reveals details of proposed new EU security deal
Uploaded 19 September: Theresa May in Canada for post-Brexit trade talks
Uploaded 19 September: Scottish and Welsh governments set out Brexit bill amendments
Uploaded 19 September: Vince Cable: Lib Dem leader warns of looming Brexit 'disaster'
Uploaded 19 September: Boris Johnson denies cabinet Brexit split
Uploaded 19 September: Fall in migration after Brexit could push up inflation, says Carney
Uploaded 19 September: May attempts to reassert authority after Johnson's Brexit claim
Uploaded 18 September: Boris Johnson and stats chief in row over £350m figure
Uploaded 15 September: UK and EU firms to urge faster Brexit deal
Uploaded 15 September: UK could need 5,000 more customs officials after Brexit
Uploaded 15 September: Young people fear for futures in Brexit Britain, says study
Uploaded 14 September: EU is happy with UK's Brexit proposals despite posturing
Uploaded 14 September: Juncker's United States of Europe quest - all without a vote
Uploaded 14 September: UK targets 'bespoke' deal with EU to protect City
Uploaded 14 September: May to set out post-Brexit 'partnership'
Uploaded 14 September: UK will 'soon regret' leaving EU argues Juncker
Uploaded 13 September: Transition deal should look like status quo, says Hammond
Uploaded 12 September: Europeans needn't apply: evidence mounts of discrimination in UK
Uploaded 12 September: Senior Tories warn May after vote for 2nd Withdrawal Bill reading
Uploaded 12 September: EU repeal bill wins first Commons vote
Uploaded 11 September: Workers' rights best secured by staying in single market -TUC chief
Uploaded 11 September: Ministers warn of 'chaos' if repeal bill rejected
Uploaded 10 September: Tony Blair wants tougher immigration rules for EU citizens

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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