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EURIS Taskforce calls for Brexit delay after Commons defeat

Government asked by industry bodies to delay EU exit by at least six months to prevent against possibility of leaving without a deal on March 29 after parliament rejected terms of its withdrawal agreement

An industry body bringing together a range of UK manufacturers and building service bodies has urged government to delay its scheduled exit from the EU by at least six months after parliament rejected its proposed withdrawal agreement.

The EURIS Taskforce, which brings together 13 trade associations to create a shared industry voice on the business implications of Brexit, has said the rejection of the withdrawal agreement this week increases the chance of a no-deal Brexit at the end of March.

Figures from across the HVACR industry have recently argued that a failure to reach an exit agreement with the EU by the time of the UK’s exit in late March would be a worst-case scenario for business.

EURIS chair Dr Howard Porter said that government should now seek to delay its exit from the EU, as defined under Article 50 of the EU treaty, to ensure that an exit does not take place on March 29 without an agreement being reached with the EU.

Dr Porter said, “Following the vote to reject the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EURIS believes that in order to facilitate any of the viable political options that avoid a No-Deal Brexit, the UK Government should request an extension to Article 50.”

“We believe this extension should be for at least six months, in order to allow sufficient time to find a positive solution to the current political stalemate on Brexit.”

Various industry figures have warned a no-deal Brexit would result in a range of disruption to the supply chain and regulatory alignment, as well as exacerbating concerns about a lack of certainty in for longer-term business planning within the UK.

Parliament yesterday (January 15) rejected the withdrawal agreement reached with the EU and put forward by Prime Minister Theresa May by 432 votes to 202.

Should the government survive a no confidence motion in the House of Commons today, as is widely expected, the Prime Minister has said she would present an alternative strategy to set an arrangement for the direction of Brexit early next week.

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