Responding to the Parliamentary defeat of the Meaningful Vote on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, Liz Cameron OBE, Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“With just over 70 days to go until the UK exits the EU, business communities will be left even more frustrated at the relentless saga of Westminster politics.
“There are real issues facing businesses right now, with many questions still unanswered. As a result of tonight’s vote, companies find themselves facing the unwelcome prospect of a messy and disorderly exit from the EU on 29th of March.
“Business and industry have been navigating an economic and political landscape that is no more clearer now than it was at the time of the referendum result. Therefore, the priority for the UK Government and the Parliament must be to avoid the clear risks a ‘no deal’ exit would pose to businesses. We expect the Government to urgently set out in clear terms what it plans to do to avoid the damage a disorderly exit would cause to businesses, local communities, the Scottish and UK economy.”