As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union, tonight at 11:00 pm, the Malta Chamber marked the momentous day, not without a tinge of sadness, but also with a generous helping of hope for the future.
“Today is a sad day for all of Europe, but especially for us in the Maltese business community which has worked closely with our UK partners for many years” said Perit David Xuereb, President of the Malta Chamber today.
“As a political bloc, we have wasted a great deal of energy over the past three years, in trying to find a way out, and how to make Brexit happen. It was not easy to sail the unchartered waters we found ourselves in, but now we must forge ahead and find an equitable future that works for all sides. We shall follow closely all forthcoming negotiations on future EU-UK relations and we are certain that the Maltese Business Community will adapt to the new circumstances and will create opportunities from them” Mr Xuereb said.
The Malta Chamber has taken and will continue to take an active role, throughout the entire process in the months and years to come.
“As Malta’s foremost voice of the private sector, The Chamber shall naturally continue to provide it’s expert guidance to its members, even in this field” Mr Xuereb concluded.
EUROCHAMBRES President Mr Christoph Leitl lamented the day the UK was leaving. “… a close friend and partner is leaving the European political family” he said. “But this does not and should not mean that Britain will sever its economic ties with the EU. We have no time to waste, and the EU and UK must come forward with clear negotiation mandates on the aims and objectives to minimize uncertainty for business on both sides of the Channel” President Leitl stressed.
BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said “We regret that the UK will no longer be a member of the EU but we respect the decision of the British people. Now we must focus on the future. Business is far from having any certainty on the future EU-UK relationship and the spectre of a ‘cliff edge’ is not yet off the table. We need to move quickly to avoid this outcome and ensure a smooth transition to the future EU-UK relation with a clear and stable framework that gives confidence to citizens and businesses.”
BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said “The future EU-UK relation will have a strong impact on businesses and we expect to be closely engaged in the negotiation process. We want a comprehensive and ambitious EU-UK agreement but we are aware there is limited time to achieve it.”