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UK CEA calls for order after Brexit split

Britain’s Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has called for an orderly transition away from the European Union in the wake of last week’s Brexit referendum result.

In a statement on the implications of the split from the EU, the CEA says the majority of its member companies wished to remain within the European Union, and now hoped to join other business lobby groups in negotiating an acceptable exit.

“We will be joining with other business lobby groups to engage with government to stress the importance of an orderly transition,” CEA CEO Rob Oliver says.

“It will be a monumental task to unpick generations of EU laws embedded in the UK legal system – and to broker a sustainable deal to allow continued access to the Single Market. This is likely to mean great market uncertainty for some time but we will play our part to help secure the best possible outcome.”

The CEA also noted its intention to remain a member of the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), both industry bodies partnered with the EU.

“The CEA’s immediate response has been to assure the Committee for European Construction Equipment that we will continue to be an active member, as lobbying for business-friendly and coherent regulation for our sector from Brussels is a priority now and in the future,” Oliver says.

“There is also a process whereby the UK can continue to have a voice as part of CEN. At home, we have also been in contact with the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to ensure that our agenda of co-operation is not blown off course by the present circumstances.”


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