From Naomi Smith, CEO - Best for Britain <[email protected]>
Subject Brexit Deal Isn’t Working
Date March 11, 2022 8:08 AM
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Dear John

The UK Trade and Business Commission has JUST published its first annual report.    

There is precious little scrutiny in parliament of the Government’s Brexit deal, or in fact, any of its newly signed trade deals. Thankfully, the UK Trade and Business Commission is plugging that deficit. 

Hilary Benn MP and Peter Norris of the Virgin Group, set up the Commission to bring together experts, industry leaders and politicians from all parties to take evidence from business  and then  make recommendations to the UK Government about how it needs to improve its trade deals. Best for Britain is proud to act as the Commission’s secretariat.

<[link removed]>Read the report in full <[link removed]>

The annual report released today details the first year of evidence and sets out the Commission’s 21 recommendations that will make life better for British businesses and consumers.

Best for Britain campaigned hard to keep the UK in the EU, and I will always be devastated about Brexit. But I firmly believe it is in all our interests to preserve, and deepen, our relationship and connection with our nearest neighbours and allies.

The UK Trade & Business Commission’s 21 recommendations for the UK Government include:

- A comprehensive EU-UK Veterinary Agreement that would significantly reduce burdens for many exporting and importing businesses across the food and drink industry.

- A successor to the Brexit Support Fund with a simpler application process and more substantial grants after the original fund paid out only £6.8m of the £20m set aside to support businesses.

- A long-term plan to improve UK-EU trade and relations with a focus on reducing obstacles and increasing the UKs reputation as a reliable partner.

- More flexible visa rules for seasonal workers, service industries and the creative sector.

- A more defined process for and increased scrutiny of new trade deals including new bodies to assess the impact they will have on UK standards and zero-carbon ambitions.

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The government’s Brexit deal has so far delivered added costs for business, less choice for consumers, increased delays, and now, in the midst of another global crisis, red tape is even hampering our ability to deliver humanitarian aid. 

We can no longer afford to engage in self-sabotaging trade battles with our closest neighbours. Ministers should adopt these pragmatic recommendations and begin to repair our relationship with Europe, which has been badly damaged over the past few years.

The UK Trade and Business Commission has heard over 2000 minutes of live evidence from 90 witnesses since its inception. This report couldn’t have happened without their willingness to share their experiences and change the landscape of UK business and trade for the better. We are grateful to every single one of them.

Best for Britain looks forward to continuing to work with the Commission and pushingGovernment Ministers to improve the UK’s trading relationships and deliver a better future for Britain.

Best wishes,

Naomi Smith 

CEO - Best for Britain

P.S. You can highlight the Commission’s report to your MP with a quick email <[link removed]>. Use our Hey-MP tool here <[link removed]> and send the report to your MP with a couple of clicks. Make sure your MP understands the detail - businesses and ordinary people need MPs to really understand and to press the Government to act. Now.


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