Commenting ahead of Sunday’s EU Council meeting, Stephen Phipson, CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation said:
“The next 48 hours will be decisive in determining how we leave the EU and what our future relationship with our European partners will be. Whilst the Withdrawal Agreement is not perfect, it provides the basis for a pragmatic and sensible departure and gives business confidence and clarity about the trading environment for the immediate future.
“Crucially, it will ensure that the UK avoids a highly damaging exit without a deal. We welcome and support the Government’s plans and hope that the Prime Minister’s negotiations at Sunday’s EU Council meeting are successful. Avoiding a chaotic no deal exit from the EU by agreeing to a sensible planned departure is in everyone’s interests.”