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On Wednesday, the NFDA had a productive meeting with Shadow Business Minister, Bill Esterson MP. The discussion surrounded the importance of UK auto retailing and the representation that the sector requires during ‘Brexit’ negotiations and in Government policy. Esterson acknowledged the importance of the sector as a large employer and economic contributor in the UK and the need to be supported and represented at the appropriate levels.
The Shadow Business Minister also admitted that previously both the Labour and Conservative Party’s had neglected the retail sectors, compared to manufacturing. However, at a recent meeting between himself and Clive Lewis MP, newly appointed Shadow Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Labour shadow business team acknowledged and discussed the need for change and retail representation.
Mr Esterson also explained that Labour would be putting forward to the House of Commons a plan of what the party believes should be achieved during Brexit negotiations, including which type of trade deal. The Shadow Minister stated that Labour would push for tariff free trade and “fair” movement of people/labour.
Mr Esterson also encouraged NFDA members to invite their constituency MP’s to their dealerships to demonstrate the levels of investment and employment involved in a franchise business. Constituent visits also provide an ample opportunity for dealers to voice the needs of their businesses and the requirements needed of Government as the country moves into uncertain and difficult times.
We would like to hear from members who can assist us with MP visits to their dealerships. Please contact us.