SCC Calls for collaboration and leadership in the wake of leave vote

To All Members

I have attached below a statement from Scottish Chamber of Commerce (SCC) issued in response to the results of the EU Referendum on 23rd June. SCC has pro-actively contacted the Scottish and UK Governments with the intention of working with them to achieve the best deals for our businesses in Scotland in the weeks and months ahead. There will be many challenges and opportunities ahead and Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will support SCC and our membership to achieve solutions step-by-step. I am sure we will have many discussions as the impacts become clearer and the economy must be our first priority across our community.

I will provide information to you as the next actions unfold, and if you have any comments or views in the meantime, please advise me directly at the email address below, or contact our CEO, Helen McCormick.

Our first opportunity for informal discussion, will be our Breakfast Meeting on Thursday 7th July at Fresh in Greenock Shopping Centre at 08.00 till 09.30.

President, Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce

Responding to the decision by the UK public for Britain to leave the European Union, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, has called for Government and business to come together and provide leadership for our new relationship with the world.

Liz Cameron said:

“Many of us awoke with mixed reactions to the news that the majority of the UK had voted to leave the EU. The detailed implications of an exit are unknown as we embark on a different journey and seek to negotiate a new relationship with our European partners and the wider world. We would urge a level of calmness – our products and services will continue to be traded throughout Europe and beyond. The priority for Scotland now is for our Governments and businesses to carry on and show great leadership in order to stabilise the markets and begin to plan our new relationship with Europe.

“We have been greatly reassured by the announcement from the Bank of England confirming their actions and readiness to intervene if and when necessary to ensure a stable economic environment. This should assist with providing a level of confidence to the markets over the coming weeks.

“The Prime Minister has announced his resignation and has set out a broad timetable for a transfer of political leadership in the UK. This gives us time to understand what the detail of the process of disengagement from the EU might mean. Businesses need to be able to plan as far ahead as possible and the EU is a key international market, worth over £11 billion to Scottish businesses in terms of exports of goods and services. An early priority must be for the UK Government to confirm what our future trading arrangements with the EU and other international markets will look like in order to ensure continuity of imports and exports.

“Businesses will also be looking to understand the potential advantages that the UK’s exit from the EU might bring. In particular, we are keen to understand how Governments in Edinburgh and London might be able to more explicitly support Scottish businesses to win local contracts from the public sector.

“Understandably, this break from a union which the UK has been a part of for over 40 years will provoke a degree of initial uncertainty and we have seen that manifest itself in the markets. It is the job of our Governments and the Bank of England to steady that ship, allowing the UK to plan our new relationship with the nations of the world, and ensuring that the UK remains a great place to do business.”

Garry Clark
Head of Policy and Public Affairs
Scottish Chambers of Commerce – The Ultimate Business Network



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