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Business will drive UK's plans for its post-EU future
BUSINESS has an opportunity to lead the debate on the UK’s future outside the European Union, according to a leading business adviser.
Grant Thornton is calling on the government to prioritise the needs of business in the wake of Thursday’s historic vote, including the negotiation of trade deals within and outside the EU to support business growth.
Businesses also want the government to review UK employment legislation and reach agreement on rules governing competition, state-aid and anti-trust regulation as soon as possible.
Kevin Gale (pictured), practice leader at the firm’s offices in Milton Keynes and Northampton, said: “The important thing now is to focus on the future and building a strong and vibrant UK economy outside the EU.
"After initial market volatility, we can expect a period of instability and uncertainty. It is important to bear in mind that very little changes immediately, so businesses should stay calm, review their contingency plans and start considering the mid-long term opportunities while the dust settles.”
He advised organisations to assess the risks to their business and develop mitigation strategies or those which capitalise on new opportunities.
Mr Gale said: "No member state has left the EU before and there is no agreed process for building a UK outside the EU. Business needs to lead this debate and help shape a vision of what a vibrant UK outside the EU will look like.
“The world is changing fast, driven by technology and social change, and we need to create a UK that can harness this change rather than ignore or resist it.
"We hope the government will now prioritise the concerns of business and focus on areas which enable a more dynamic, vibrant UK economy to emerge over the coming years.”
Grant Thornton aims to be an integral part of the discussion. Mr Gale said: “We will use our position at the interface of public, private and third sectors to convene thoughts and lead a debate to give a voice to dynamic organisations in developing a new vision of a vibrant UK outside the EU. This is one that builds trust in markets, unlocks sustainable dynamic growth and creates places and environments where business and people can thrive."
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