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Lord Bilimoria, Chair of Manufacturing Commission: If Theresa May wants a global Britain, she should prioritise the single market

Lord Bilimoria, Chair of Manufacturing Commission: If Theresa May wants a global Britain, she should prioritise the single market

17th January 2017

Lord Bilimoria, entrepreneur and chair of the Manufacturing Commission, writes today in The New Statesman that the prime minister should prioritise single market membership and freedom of movement to guarantee growth and prosperity for the British manufacturing sector.

Writing ahead of a key speech by Theresa May, Lord Bilimoria says:

Last week I joined with thirty other entrepreneurs and business leaders in urging the Prime Minister to keep Britain within the EU single market. In the coming months Mrs May will face having to make a trade-off between immigration control and loss of single market access. The decision she makes will determine whether we retain much of our economic strength. 

Free movement and access to the single market are vital to the future interests of British business. The PM must do more to reassure those set to be affected. We are currently part of a 500m-strong single market; this is good for British business. Although I believe the whole of Europe needs to reform the current free movement of people, not least for security reasons, we nevertheless must continue to have the ability to move freely within the EU for tourism, business and work.

Read more here:

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2017/01/if-theresa-may-wants-global-britain-she-should-prioritise-single-market