BCC Director General comments on the goverment’s snap election

24 Apr 2017

Business

The British Chamber of Commerce have said that UK businesses will need reassurance that the economy will remain a top priority in the wake of Brexit, and not be over shadowed by electoral campaigns. The statement comes after Prime Minister, Theresa May called a snap general election to be held on the 8th June, last week.

A snap election, is held ahead of time and outside of the usual general election cycle. Snap general elections are generally called in order to return a decisive verdict from the general public on a pressing issue or capitalise on a unique political opportunity.

The Prime Minister announced plans to call an early election on the 18th April and stated that although this was a decision taken reluctantly, it was necessary to seek public approval for decisions she must take.

Theresa May has called this vote three years earlier than the next scheduled election due to be held in 2020. The Prime Minister suggested that the election will help to unite Westminster and provide clear and decisive leadership, going forward into Brexit negotiations and Britain’s eventual exit from the European Union.

Of course Brexit has been a topic of concern for UK businesses, many of which believe that there has not been a clear path set out with regards to trade and the European single market.

Adam Marshall, Director General at the British Chambers of Commerce has commented on the Prime Ministers decision to go ahead with a general election on the 8th June. He said:

“Many business communities will understandably be concerned that attention will inevitably shift from the economy and the intricacies of leaving the EU to a potential election campaign. Firms will want to be reassured that the key challenges facing the economy will be front and centre throughout any election period.”