As you can imagine, after only a few weeks following the announcement, there are many unanswered questions and uncertainty. The British Chambers are working hard on behalf of the Chamber network to ascertain answers from Government.

The British Chambers have had several discussions with MP’s and ministers and these are ongoing. The Chamber network is keen for Government to provide stability, clarity on issues and actions to keep the economy going, whilst we go through this change. The Chamber network message is clear: we want a decision on airports, Tata Steel, HS2, the Stock Exchange, Devolution Deals, EU funding, skills and employment, to name a few.

The British Chambers are working very closely with the Chamber network over the coming months, so that we can work with and support business and Chamber members and the communities they serve. We must ensure that medium-term uncertainty gives way to long-term success – both for Chamber businesses and for the wider economy. We have a chance to shape a whole new UK approach to global trade, to which so many Chamber members are deeply and passionately committed. See links below for some of Brexit events.

There is an immediate issue emerging. There is something ugly happening right now in our towns, cities and counties that we must address. That something is affecting people whom many of us call co-workers and friends. It is racism. It is discrimination. Sadly, it is spiking, right now, all around us.

Colleagues have been reporting businesses that are worried about reprehensible verbal and physical attacks targeting people from other parts of the EU. These individuals have done nothing wrong. They have done little more than work hard and make significant contributions to local businesses — side-by-side with their UK-born and global co-workers. This is a time for us to put our centuries-old civic commitment into action. We must step up, and confront the ugly phenomenon of discrimination that is affecting people in our communities and in our own businesses. 

The Chamber national network will not tolerate this treatment of our colleagues and friends. Businesses are proud of the contribution that their UK, EU and global employees make - and we say no to racism and discrimination following the EU referendum vote.

Ana Christie

Chief Executive

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

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