The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) this morning restated its commitment to fight for free trade following the result of last week’s general election.
Britain is now expected to leave the EU at the end of January after the Conservatives won with a resounding majority as voters backed its ‘Get Brexit Done’ campaign.
CESA members have faced three years of uncertainty as the UK has failed to reach an agreement with the Withdrawal Arrangement Bill set to be brought back and passed unamended, it will at least see political deadlock broken.
“This result gives the country certainty and a clarity of purpose,” said CESA’s chief executive Keith Warren. “Hopefully this will eventually lead to increased investment, and consumer confidence that will benefit the whole supply chain.”
Mr Warren said that CESA is now looking forward to turning its attention to holding to the new government to account and will be active in representing manufacturers’ interests during trade.
“One vital area is the campaign for no regulatory divergence, as this would increase the cost of manufacturing and potentially make the UK a dumping ground for non-compliant equipment. All of our members want tariff free trade to remain, as anything else will increase prices, leading to negative impacts on the market.”
CESA is a member of the European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers (EFCEM) and Mr Warren said that this would continue to give it a say in industry matters.
“EFCEM will continue to represent us in European policy developments, ensuring that even if the UK doesn’t have a seat at the EU table, our sector’s voice continues to be heard. EFCEM has a strong record of success in these discussions.”