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The Red Queen's Race? UK Sets Up A Business Engagement Group

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 4:30 PM


 "Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

-Lewis Carroll : Through The Looking-Glass

It has been a long seven days since the EU referendum. Not even staying in one place, the UK has seemed to be slipping back with each step forward. It's like living Through The Looking-Glass.

But now at last a small step has been taken that should, of course, have taken place long before the vote.

A new business engagement inter-ministerial group, chaired by the Business Secretary Sajid Javid and bringing together ministers from across government to coordinate engagement with the business community, has been established today.


It will meet next week and according to the Government it "will provide an opportunity for ministers to discuss the views, thoughts and concerns from businesses of all types and in all sectors across the UK and ensure their concerns are represented. It will feed into the new EU Referendum Unit established within the Cabinet Office."


"Now more than ever, businesses need certainty so it’s vital that the government maintains an open and continuous dialogue. We must work together to make sure the world knows that the UK is still open for business and remains an attractive place with which to trade and invest.....(my emphasis)

......given the challenges ahead, the inter-ministerial group will provide an opportunity for ministers to come together and make sure they are providing businesses with the information they need and how they can limit the uncertainty in the transition period of the UK’s exit from the EU" said Business Secretary Sajid Javid.


Chaired by the Business Secretary, membership includes the Energy Secretary, Environment Secretary, Culture Secretary, Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Trade and Investment Minister.

Good news. Now wouldn't it have been even better if they had taken this referendum seriously enough to do that before June 23rd?

They could have come up with a cross-party education campaign, starting in schools... .....funded by business. They could have included 16-18 year olds and allowed them to vote. Beware of hubris.


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