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Brexit – Two Years On

Today marks the second anniversary since the historic vote upon our future membership of the European Union. Negotiations remain highly charged with some progress being made towards future working relations; here is an update and our assessment. Where are we now? The Backstop EU proposal on backstop (in case of no solution on NI) is for NI only to stay

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Written on June 23, 2018Iain Moyser. Published in EU, Uncategorized

Brexit Checklist available

A ‘Brexit Checklist’ is now available for businesses thanks to the Chamber of Commerce. In conjunction with the British Chambers of Commerce, we have produced a handy document that should serve businesses well as the Government continues to negotiate its way towards Brexit. The document is available here. Also, BCC has commented on the latest progress to be made on

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Written on March 20, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Chamber network reacts to government immigration statement

Commenting on the Home Office’s statement on UK immigration policy during the planned transition period following the UK’s exit from the European Union, Adam Marshall  of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: “The BCC has long campaigned for an immigration system that supports the economy, so the UK government’s unilateral offer of rights for EU nationals during the transition

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Written on February 28, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Chamber News, EU, Lobbying, News, Skills

Chamber in Brexit talks with government officials

Chamber of Commerce members have received an update from officials from the Department for International Trade on the work going on behind the scenes to process Brexit. Officials met with two dozen businesses from West & North Yorkshire recently (January 2018), and heard about their hopes and fears, aswell as opportunities and challenges. The civil servants were keen to reassure

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Written on February 14, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Government warned on lack of unity on Brexit

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has written to the Prime Minister, making an urgent appeal for clarity on the Government’s objectives in relation to Brexit. The letter, from Director-General Adam Marshall & President Francis Martin, urges the Government to make key choices and deliver a clear statement of intent – so that businesses can make decisions for the future.

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Written on February 7, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Trade with Europe to remain strong, says survey

The British Chambers of Commerce has said that any future UK-EU trade deal must minimise barriers to trade. Survey results, carried out in partnership with DHL, show that UK businesses regard Europe as their primary trading partner for the foreseeable future. The results found that over the next three years, the top two markets which most businesses plan to start

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Written on January 2, 2018Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

Brexit options visualised in graphic

An info-graphic illustrating the various Brexit deals that could be available has been presented to EU leaders. The graphic is available online here, and other versions of it, including the thorny issue of borders with Ireland, have been produced and are available to see in a Huffington Post piece here. Share this page on social media

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Written on December 20, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Brexit: swift talks on trade now urged

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has joined with national Chamber organisations from six countries bordering the North Sea, calling on the UK and the EU to swiftly move to talks on transition and the future trade relationship now that progress in the first phase of negotiations has been made. The landmark statement, from Chambers of Commerce representing businesses in

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Written on December 14, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, News, York

Currency volatility adding pressures

A new Chamber of Commerce survey reveals that a majority of businesses expect the fall in sterling to increase their costs. The British Chambers of Commerce survey, which included members from West & North Yorkshire Chamber, found that 63% expect costs to increase in the next 12 months as a result of the sterling devaluation.  This includes a quarter (24%)

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Written on December 7, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in BCC, Bradford, Business support, Chamber News, EU, Export, Leeds, Lobbying, Media, News, York

EU citizens in the UK and future status

See below a message from the Cabinet Office regarding EU citizens living and working in the UK. The UK Government’s first priority in negotiations with the EU is to secure the status of EU citizens living in the UK, and UK nationals living in the EU. No EU citizen currently in the UK lawfully will have to leave at the point that we leave the EU. If you are

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Written on November 28, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, EU, Leeds, Legal, News, Skills, York