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Chamber reacts to further delays over Brexit


Scott Knowles, Chief Executive at East Midlands Chamber, said: “It’s hard to know what is worse from a business perspective.


“A no-deal Brexit on 29 March would at least offer a degree of certainty that things will change and wake business up to the fact that they need to be acting now to ensure the smoothest transition possible to a post-Brexit economy.


“The Withdrawal Agreement that Prime Minister Theresa May brought back from the EU would have offered at least an additional 21 months of stability but, as of today, wouldn’t have offered any degree of certainty beyond December 2020 – a deferment of doubt rather than an end to it.


“Business is the creator of wealth and jobs in this country. Whichever side of the debate our elected members sit, they must ensure the needs of business are foremost in their deliberations, and what business needs more than anything right now is a degree of certainty that allows them to plan future investment in terms of money, plant, premises, training and jobs creation.”