Liz McInnes raises CBI's warning against no-deal during Prime Minister's Questions

Date published: 06 September 2019

Heywood and Middleton MP Liz McInnes has asked Boris Johnson to work to protect vital business, following a warning against a no deal Brexit from the CBI.

The MP raised the concerns from the CBI, which represents approximately 190,000 businesses across the UK, during the Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (4 September).

Ms McInnes asked: "This week the Director-General of the CBI wrote to all MPs in the North West urging us to do everything we can to get a deal that works for businesses in our region. The CBI says a no deal Brexit would be disastrous for North West business, particularly small businesses.

“We all know what the Prime Minister has said in the past about business but now that he has resumed a position of some responsibility will he stop this relentless posturing around no deal, listen to the CBI and work to protect our vital businesses?"

During his first Prime Minister's Questions, Boris Johnson came under fire, from both opposition MPs and many Conservatives in the House, for his efforts to prorogue parliament and push the UK towards a no deal scenario.

Earlier this week, Ms McInnes said she “agreed with the CBI that a deal that works is what is needed” after the Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn wrote to every North West MP, urging them to find a Brexit deal which works.

Last month, the CBI called upon the Prime Minister to use his first 100 days in office to secure an agreement that would protect businesses and avoid the threat of no deal.

Ms McInnes added: “I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that the UK leaves the EU with the best deal possible. A deal that both honours the result of the referendum while also allowing an orderly Brexit that protects my constituents from economic harm.

“While a majority of people voted to leave, they did not vote for the no deal exit this Prime Minister seems so determined to deliver."  

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