The head of the British Chambers of Commerce has warned that the Tories should put an end to their Brexit “psychodrama” and concentrate on making the economy “fighting fit.”
In an interview on the eve of the speech of Theresa May, the British Prime Minister to her party conference, Adam Marshall, the director general of the BCC, urged the government of the United Kingdom to concentrate its attention on other problems that are facing the thousands of businesses in the country.
He cited various bread and butter issues including the repair of potholes and the improvement of mobile phone reception as the areas where businesses would want to see immediate action.
The remarks of Marshall came only hours after Boris Johnson took a hammer to the Brexit strategy of May in a speech to approximately 1,500 Tory activists, that urged the Prime Minister to “chuck Chequers.”
Marshall stated: “This Conservative psychodrama on Brexit needs to end.”
He continued: “What business needs are clarity and certainty.”
Marshall said that for most of the tens of thousands of businesses of the BCCacross the country, debates regarding the so-called Chequers plan versus Canada plus are considered meaningless, as the form of the Brexit deal is not as important as the function that it provides.
He stated: “Some of the proposals that are on the table solve problems for certain companies, such as those involved in just-in-time manufacturing, but there is a recognition that no form is absolutely perfect.”
He added: “What business fear is a messy exit from the EU.”
Marshall urged the UK government to be bold and strive to “stimulate growth” through “business incentives” and work harder to draw in international investment to the country.
He also offered qualified praise for British Chancellor Philip Hammond. He said that while the speech of the Chancellor last Monday “struck the right tone,” he also needs “to back that up with action – I don’t mean small measures. “