Yolanda Rugg, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, has said that local businesses are doing their best to continue their business operations in an unsettling time following the 2016 referendum, the invocation of Article 50 and the recent snap General Election.

“Mindful of the beginning of Brexit talks starting on 19 June, and in light of such uncertain times, I want to confirm that a series of discussions have taken place between British Chambers of Commerce and the four other UK-wide business organisations to explore areas of common interest regarding Brexit, intensifying since the 8 June General Election.”

The groups’ joint statement on UK’s future relationship with the European Union, deals with the transition and the principles to support a final agreement with the EU-27. It is the starting point for all five business groups to work co-operatively together and with the Government.

Fully acknowledging the voter decision to leave the European Union, the group requests that the Government continuously engages with the UK’s business interests regarding our future economic relationship with the EU, negotiating in a cordial environment of mutual respect to assure a strong economic future for the UK. 

It sets out its principles for the UK’s transition out the EU and also its economic principles for a final agreement.

The group comprises the British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of Business Industry, the EEF (the Manufacturers’ Organisation), Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors.