Commenting on the European Parliament Brexit Steering Group’s statement on the PM’s proposal, Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation said:
“We welcome the Government’s decision to publish a clear plan for leaving the EU. Clearly there is much work still to be done for the latest UK proposals to deliver the safeguards the EU and Ireland need. We ask that Government and the EU work together to do all it takes to urgently secure a deal which delivers on the four outcomes our sector needs – frictionless trade, regulatory and technical alignment, access to skills and a sensible transition period.
“Make UK has made it clear from the start that no deal will decimate Britain’s manufacturing companies. The Prime Minister’s proposals do create complexity and friction for Northern Ireland on both the north/south and the east/west borders, leaving NI manufacturing in the worst possible place.
“Time is running out and we urge the EU and the UK Government to protect the 2.7million jobs our sector delivers across the whole of the UK and the billions of pounds of exports they generate.”