14 November 2018

NFB: UK construction needs Brexit certainty

Theresa May has called an emergency cabinet meeting in the early afternoon of 14 November to present the final draft of the withdrawal agreement, which was agreed between the UK and the EU.

Several commentators have argued the withdrawal agreement will likely include a UK-wide customs arrangement to avoid a hard border with the Republic of Ireland and reassure businesses there will be almost no disruption regarding supply chain and just-in-time processes.

According to the BBC, the Government plans to publish the withdrawal agreement and an outline political declaration on the framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

The prime minister needs to get the draft agreement approved by the Cabinet and the House of Commons, where the Government does not have an overall majority and relies on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes any deal with the EU that gives business certainty, after months of uncertainty about the future. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said:

"The construction industry needs to know where businesses stand on issues such as employment of EU nationals and access to materials."