Business bodies come together in call for softer Brexit

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Five critical UK business bodies have come together to call for continued access to the European segregate market until a final Brexit deal is made with the EU.

In a sic to Business Secretary Greg Clark, they also ask the government to «put the terseness first».

The letter is from the British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Energy, EEF, Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors.

Formal Brexit talks between the EU and the UK begin on Monday.

‘Flexible’

The signatories say the «economic benefits» of the European Seam single market, which allows free movement of goods, helps, capital and people, and the customs union, which enables tariff-free buying within the EU, should be maintained until a final settlement between the UK and the EU is «agreed and achieved».

They have also called for a final trade deal that command allow tariff-free goods to be traded between the UK and the EU.

In addition, they scantiness that deal to include «minimal customs formalities», mutual perception of standards and regulation, and a «flexible system» for the movement of labour and skills.

«We clothed come together to urge the government to put the economy first as it prepares to start formal negotiations,» thinks the letter to Mr Clark.

«This is a deal that when finally granted will matter fundamentally for the UK economy, for UK companies and for citizens of the UK.»

Monday’s talks between Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU moderator Michel Barnier follow preliminary negotiations in Brussels between officials.

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