Commenting on Theresa May’s speech today, Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said: “The Government must now work tirelessly to deliver a comprehensive new trade and customs agreement with the EU. As part of that process ministers must listen to businesses and support them in building viable bridges to carry the economy through a carefully managed and orderly transition.
“In order for the Government to lay the foundations of a globally competitive Britain, it must bring forward a clear and far-reaching industrial strategy that will enable businesses to seize the many expected opportunities the Prime Minister believes will arise after we leave the EU.
"In the end it’s the detail of the final agreement that will matter and it is important that this will be open to parliamentary scrutiny. Parliament and business will want to see a very clear, evidence-based plan to ensure the UK economy avoids collateral damage arising from our departure.”