As Brexit negotiations ramp up, the Government has stepped up its engagement with business, and we’ve seized opportunities to get London business’ priorities into the heart of Number 10.
The recent appointment of William Vereker as Number 10’s Business envoy, who Jasmine met last month, has seen the start of a series of positive engagements, including an update from the Prime Minister on the state of Brexit negotiations, and earlier this week, a post-Budget briefing. We’ll be leveraging this fresh willingness from Government to engage, to move the dial on a business-friendly immigration policy.
Engaging business post-Budget
Jasmine joined senior business leaders this week for a meeting with the Prime Minister and the Chancellor. Speaking with Bloomberg news following a positive session, Jasmine said: “It’s great to hear both the prime minister and her finance minister express their desire to work with business to achieve jobs and growth and recognise the role of business in the Brexit discussions.”
Meanwhile, David Leam joined business leaders as Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell gave Labour’s post-Budget perspective.
The Shadow Chancellor on Brexit
He said the Conservatives were increasingly dominated by no-deal voices but stressed that Labour wasn’t prepared to accept no-deal. However, he made clear that if the PM brought a deal back which supported jobs and the economy then Labour would back it.
Labour feel there is a deal to be done – with a customs union and a close and collaborative relationship up for grabs but warned the Government needs to change the tone and nature of negotiations to one of mutual respect.
A new Immigration Proposal
Finally, as we await the Home Office’s Immigration White Paper, look out in the coming weeks as we launch our new policy recommendations to ensure businesses can access the talent the economy needs through a fair and managed system, following a global study with London First member PwC.
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