Commenting on the publication of the Government's latest White Paper on Brexit, Stephen Phipson CBE, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“EEF welcomes the White Paper published today. This is a further step forward following the Chequers meeting last week. We are pleased with the focus on a simple movement of goods, the protection of the integrated supply chain and a lack of friction at the border. Achieving these key outcomes will help secure the jobs and livelihoods of millions of hard working families.
However, more work is required. It is clear that the UK has taken a very positive and constructive step forward today and we call upon the EU to respond in kind, for the benefit of all. We also repeat our request to all sides that business must play an active role in the discussions and support negotiations over the summer and autumn. The timetable is short and it is important that commercial expertise is at the table. We look forward to working with government and the EU to secure the best deal for British business and the people who depend upon it.”