Jonathan Powell calls for business input into Brexit deal

Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's former chief of staff, has called for businesses to play a pivotal role in Brexit negotiations, as part of a wide-ranging interview with The House magazine.

Speaking ahead of Brexit Exchange, an event bringing together industry representatives from across Europe, Powell stressed that the negotiations will be "the most complex, the most difficult, the most technically challenging” he's ever seen.

“Government can look after its part but what you need is a bottom-up approach, something that builds from the needs of business up to the negotiations,” said Powell.

“It’s incredibly important to business and to the country that the framework agreement doesn’t lead to a complete disjunction in regulation, in the way that business operates. So we need to get the input from business, not just from the civil service and from people in government.”

Powell, who will be speaking at the Brexit Exchange event on 18 May, also talked about Tony Blair, memories of the Good Friday agreement and experience of tough negotiations, following his involvement in the process which saw Hong Kong return to Chinese rule in the 1980's.

To read the full interview, please visit the PoliticsHome website.

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