Commenting on the Brexit White Paper, Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the Manufacturers’ Organisation, said: “Each new element of clarity from the Government about its Brexit objectives is welcome, and the white paper sheds a little more light on its plans. There is more emphasis now on a phased implementation of whatever deal is reached on future trading arrangements which is important for businesses who will have to navigate through this. The Government’s commitment that it will seek as much ongoing free and frictionless trade as possible is of course welcome.
“The White Paper also recognises that industry needs to be involved at every stage of the impending negotiations. It remains critical for manufacturers to be consulted fully on the detail of any proposals for new customs arrangements to ensure ministers are coming up with ideas which will actually work for businesses.
“The proposals for new immigration controls remain thin on the ground. While the commitment to controlling our borders is made clear, we need an equally positive commitment to ensuring companies can employ and deploy the people they choose with minimal restrictions and red tape.”