Five leading business organisations have called for continued access to the European Union’s (EU) single market until a Brexit deal is signed.
The publication of the letter coincides with the start of Brexit negotiations in Brussels today, led by Brexit secretary David Davis.
While Davis said he hopes to achieve ‘a deal like no other deal in history’, the British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry, Manufacturers’ Organisation (EEF), Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors warned the government it must consider the interests of UK business during the talks.
In a joint letter to business secretary Greg Clark they asked the government to ‘put the economy first’ by maintaining access to the single market until a divorce agreement between the UK and EU is agreed, the BBC reported.
The organisations also called for a final trade deal that allows tariff-free goods to be traded between the UK and EU, alongside a flexible system for the movement of labour and skills.
‘We have come together to urge the government to put the economy first as it prepares to start formal negotiations,’ the letter noted.