After weeks of campaigning, the Chamber network is pleased to share that government has followed advice to automatically issue all traders with an EORI number, rather than waiting for businesses to find time to apply.

Although this practical approach is welcomed by the Chamber, government continues to thwart business stability by focusing on political games rather than real world impacts. Yesterday it emerged that the government has asked the Queen to suspend parliament, with the PM stating that a Queen’s Speech would take place following the suspension to outline his new agenda.

It is frustrating to see the Government engage in further political games at a time where businesses require clarity and answers to the practical questions they have regarding the impact of EU exit on their business.

While businesses continue to call for an end to the uncertainty, and with 63 days to go until the EU exit deadline, many MPs have raised their own concerns about how the suspension will allow them to play their part in the Brexit process.

The new developments could cause further unease among businesses that need transparency in the continuing political turbulence. The latest announcements are prompting more questions with not only those in the UK, but business partners around the world.

The top priority for businesses and the economy is still to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the EU on October 31. Despite the noise, none of the events of the last few days have given businesses greater confidence that this will be achieved. Given this, it is essential for government and its agencies to further boost support for businesses through any scenario.

Companies looking for more information regarding the next steps are encouraged to contact the Chamber’s International Trade team on 01905 673 600 to help you get your business Brexit ready.