Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

03 FEB 2017

Cambridgeshire MEP Discusses Brexit with Local Business Leaders

Cambridgeshire MEP Discusses Brexit with Local Business Leaders

Local Euro MP Vicky Ford joined panellists at a Breakfast Discussion held by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) on Friday 3 February.

Audience members quizzed the panellists for 90 minutes on topics covering the current Brexit negotiations to the role that GCGP LEP has to play in encouraging and supporting local business growth.

Mrs Ford said "The questions coming from audience members today reinforce the importance of communication between local representatives and the public on how we approach the negotiations ahead. It's clear that whilst we can't reveal our whole hand, we can give insights and updates that demonstrate how things are going.

"A good example of this is the situation in Brussels, last week British MEPs, including myself, were re-elected to senior posts within the European Parliament. This is an extremely encouraging step towards the mature and cooperative relationship that the prime minister has been talking about.

"I'd like to thank Mark Reeve and the GCGP LEP for organising this morning's panel discussion, it was extremely helpful. The conversations going on over the next few weeks and months are going to redefine our relationship with our closest neighbours and allies, it is vital that we all understand the needs of local employers in this process."

Other panellists included local MP Jonathan Djanogly, Steve Elsom from Lloyds Bank and Chairman of the GCGP LEP Mark Reeve.

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Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.

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