We welcome that the Prime Minister confirms the UK’s desire for an ongoing deep and special relationship with the EU. The EU is a major trading partner for our industry and we therefore look forward to engaging with UK Government to help achieve this objective.
The PM’s request to the EU to agree the terms of our future relationship alongside those of withdrawal is sensible, recognising that trading without a deal is undesirable for both the UK and EU. We are disappointed that the Prime Minister emphasised the needs of financial services and networks in this Free Trade Agreement while failing to mention manufactured goods and energy.
To avoid an economically damaging cliff-edge in 2019 Theresa May said she is keen to agree early in negotiations the principle of a transition period. BCC had highlighted some specific areas where the ceramic industry needs such arrangements in our recent discussions with key politicians and officials.
BCC Chief Executive Dr Laura Cohen said: “The UK ceramic industry is well placed to contribute to the UK’s economic success outside the EU. However, tariff- and barrier-free trade with the EU remains in everyone’s interests. We also need ongoing secure and affordable energy supplies. We will be keeping a close eye on the White Paper to be published tomorrow setting out the next steps.”
Notes to editors
The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacture, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.
For further information please contact:
Dr Laura Cohen
Chief Executive British Ceramic Confederation Federation House Station Road Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST4 2SA
Mobile: +44 (0)7827 358613 firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: www.ceramfed.co.uk Twitter: @ceramfed