Commenting on the DexEU Select Committee report on leaving the EU White Paper, Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“The select committee report is right to call for a deep and meaningful economic analysis of a ‘no deal’ scenario. Manufacturers are clear that no deal is not an option for the sector. Should the UK walk away without negotiating preferential access to the EU our sector would bear much of the brunt and it would amount to a major economic shock.
“The Committee has correctly identified the need for a deal which allows for seamless trade ensuring that we avoid unnecessary tariff burdens and reduce the possibility of technical barriers to trade from administrative blocks to divergence in regulation. However, we would caution against prioritising specific sectors of the economy in the negotiations. We need a deal that works for the whole economy.
“In addition we are pleased to see that the Committee has recognised the need for ongoing access to employees with higher level and other technical skills from the EU and worldwide and the call for a flexible immigration system allowing manufacturers to employ and deploy people as freely as possible after Brexit.”