Five business groups have confirmed that they are writing to David Davis, the Secretary of State for Leaving the EU, to ask for an efficient transition arrangement. The exact text of the letter is to remain confidential, but one of the groups told the BBC that “it will emphasise our wish for a deal and clarity”.
The five groups are the Institute of Directors, the CBI, the British Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the EEF manufacturing body.
The letter is thought to include the text:
“It is vital that companies only have to undertake one adjustment as a result of the UK’s withdrawal, not two – and that businesses, the UK government and authorities in the EU have enough time to make the changes needed to deliver Brexit successfully”.
A Government spokesperson said:
“We are making real and tangible progress in a number of vital areas in negotiations. However, many of the issues that remain are linked to the discussions we need to have on our future relationship. That is why we are pleased that the EU has now agreed to start internal preparatory discussions on the framework for transitional arrangements as well as our future partnership”.