Brexit – Response from Government

Following our recent survey of members, Chamber President Richard  Garland wrote to Stephen Lloyd MP.

Our survey clearly demonstrated that 84% of respondents were in favour of a deal of some sort (or remaining in the EU) (click here for a reminder of the data)

Stephen wrote to the Department for Exiting the EU raising our concerns. The response is reproduced below:

Stephen Lloyd MP
House of Commons


Our ref: MC2018/00355

21st January 2019




Thank you for your letter of 21 December, regarding the concerns of various Chambers of Commerce about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. I am responding on behalf of the Prime Minister.

This Government has been clear that we neither want nor expect a ‘no deal’ scenario. The UK and the EU have agreed the terms of the UK’s smooth and orderly exit in the form of the Withdrawal Agreement, and a detailed Political Declaration on the terms of our future relationship. This received approval from the Special European Council on 25 November 2018.

Delivering the settlement negotiated with the EU remains our top priority, and is the best way of avoiding a ‘no deal’ scenario – this remains unchanged. Until MPs have on the deal put forward by the Prime Minister, we will continue to do the responsible thing and prepare for every eventuality.

We have already taken extensive steps to do this, including publishing 106 specific technical notices to help businesses, citizens and consumers to prepare for March 2019. These are available on at the following location:

We have now reached the point where we need to further intensify and accelerate these preparations. The Cabinet has now agreed to proceed with the Government’s next phase of ‘no deal’ planning, including finalising priority international agreements and introducing legislation.

In the coming weeks, we will also publish further advice on the steps that people, including UK n nationals living in the EU and EU citizens living here in the UK, may need to take to prepare for our exit from the EU.

We recommend businesses now also ensure they are prepared and enact their own ‘no deal’ plans as they judge necessary, making use of the guidance available to them. Our plans have been designed to provide the flexibility to respond to a negotiated agreement, as well as preparing us for the unlikely eventuality of leaving without a deal.

Please pass on my thanks to your constituents for taking the time to write.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Heaton-Harris MP