Last Friday at the UEA, I hosted a meeting to hear the views of Norwich businesses and institutions about Brexit.
The meeting was attended by individuals representing the following sectors and interests in Norwich: Higher Education, Research, Technology, Local Authorities, Construction and Development, local Trade Unions, Digital and Creative, Energy and International Travel. In addition, representatives of Small Business and Tourism contributed views in advance of the meeting.
The decision to leave the European Union has all kinds of implications for our city. It’s my job as a local MP to do everything I can to try and ensure that negatives of Brexit for Norwich are minimised and we take advantage of any opportunities.
It’s clear that Brexit is going to present difficult challenges for many of our city’s businesses and institutions and those challenges vary from sector to sector. But one concern united everyone present - the uncertainty surrounding the time and form of Brexit. This uncertainty is making it almost impossible for people to make plans for the future and is resulting in many ‘drawing in their horns’ just in case the impact of Brexit turns out to be negative for them.
I’m pleased that this initiative is already set to be a very broad forum of views on the practical implications of Brexit for our city and I’m delighted that we will meet again to work together for a successful outcome for Norwich.