London – The UK Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is calling for calm following a tumultuous day in the UK parliament.
On Monday 10 December, the UK prime minister, Theresa May, halted a debate on the proposed Brexit deal after two days and 160 members of parliament had spoken. A further 200 were due to speak over the remainder of the debate. A vote was originally scheduled to be held on 11 December, but the government faced a hefty defeat.
The prime minister has decided to go back to the European Union. She is to try and wring more concessions from the other members of the EU before the next stage in the process.
The CIA plays a pivotal role between the UK Chemicals Industry, MPs and government ministers. Its chief executive, Steve Elliott, said: ‘This deal is not perfect but, in the absence of any other, it represents a good opportunity for the sector we represent.
‘If any changes keep alive the three points we have called for since the day after the referendum – frictionless free trade, regulatory consistency and access to skilled people – then it will receive our support.
‘Like everyone else we have been pressing for clarity and certainty. If it takes another short period of time to secure a pragmatic outcome then that is time well spent.
‘At critical moments in negotiation you don’t panic. You stay calm to deliver the best outcome. We have said from day one the best negotiations often go down to the wire. If that happens here, then we can move on from what feels like political gridlock.