Following the announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this week that a general election will be held in June, The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has given its view on the Parliament’s vote.
Responding to the news the BRC’s chief executive, Helen Dickinson OBE, said: “Political stability will be crucial to negotiating the best deal for the UK in the Brexit negotiations. Britain’s exit from the EU will have a profound impact on the goods that Britain imports, the products that UK consumers buy and the prices they pay.
“The retail industry will want to see plans from the next government that puts consumers first in the Brexit negotiations and ensures that ordinary shoppers aren’t hit with the cost of unwanted new tariffs.”
Dickinson added that the retail industry is “a driving force in our economy”, commenting that “Political and economic stability, and a business tax environment fit for purpose in the 21st century, is what’s needed for the retail industry to drive productivity with better jobs, innovation and new skills for the digital age”.
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On Tuesday, the Prime Minister called a snap general election for June 8th, despite previously insisting there wouldn’t be one before the scheduled 2020 poll.
May revealed that she decided on the snap election because she wanted "unity" at Westminster as Brexit negotiations begin with the EU.