UKinbound responds to Prime Minister's Brexit speech
Published: 18 Jan 2017
Following Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Tuesday setting out her strategy for the forthcoming EU negotiations, UKinbound has responded to the Prime Minister's Brexit strategy and outlined our key concerns for the Government to consider.
Chief executive Deirdre Wells OBE said. "UKinbound welcomes the Prime Minster's clear set of Brexit priorities and her commitment to transitional arrangements in order to avoid a disruptive 'cliff edge' scenario for businesses when Britain's two-year Brexit negotiating period comes to an end. It is however imperative that a number of points are addressed in order to ensure that Britain remains a prosperous, tolerant and global trading nation."
"Regarding Britain's withdrawal as a full member of the EU customs union, we urge the Government to implement the best possible trading environment for goods and services in order to avoid increasing costs to our industry. This means ensuring that there are cost-effective trade deals outside of Europe, whilst still benefiting from a tariff-free trade with Europe."
"Furthermore, in order to achieve the Government's ambition of making Britain a magnet for international talent, we need to have an immigration system in place which is flexible to business needs. The application process of tourist visas will also need to be eased in order to achieve this desired global approach for the UK."
"Whilst it is disappointing that we will leave the single market, UKinbound will continue to engage with the Government and its agencies to ensure that matters relating to the tourism industry are fully understood and taken into account during Brexit negotiations, including the Open Skies Agreement and recruitment of workers with language skills."