ECONOMISTS and business owners will give their views on the threat of a post-Brexit future at the latest EU Clinic organised by campaign group Bromsgrove for Europe.
A team of experts from the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University led by director Alex de Ruyter will be among those at the event in Bromsgrove High Streeet from 10am to 1pm next Saturday, September 7.
Former MEP Edward McMillan-Scott and local entrepreneurs will also be there as part of the team which has recently completed a report entitled ‘Brexit and the UK Automotive Industry: Understanding the Impact’.
Chancellor and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid was invited to go along and provide a view from the Government’s perspective, but is unavailable.
Speaking to the Standard, Mr Javid said: “Over the past three years, I have made a point of meeting constituents representing every side and angle of the Brexit debate – including campaign groups similar to Bromsgrove for Europe.”
He added, through regular street surgeries, visits to local businesses or through community groups, he would continue to do so.
“Alongside my colleagues in Cabinet, I am currently hard at work to ensure that the UK is extensively prepared to exit the European Union on October 31.
“Whilst that does prevent me from accepting invitations at such short notice, I will of course continue to keep local residents informed of the impact of Brexit on the economy.
“I can assure the Standard’s readers that while I’m optimistic about our economic future, I’m also realistic about the need to plan for every eventuality.
“That’s why over £6billion has been provided on withdrawal preparations including for a no-deal exit.”
He added preparing for leaving the EU without an agreement was not just about seeking to mitigate the challenges, but also about seizing the opportunities.
“I’m delighted Forbes has ranked the UK has as the number one place to do business in the world for two consecutive years, and that a survey published by KPMG has found that CEOs in the United States, India, China and Japan are more likely to invest in the UK after the country leaves the EU.
“I’m confident that our long-term economic future is bright.”