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Deloitte CEO comments on government's announcement that it has triggered Article 50

29 March 2017

David Sproul, Senior Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte, comments on the government’s announcement that it has triggered Article 50:

“The government’s announcement today that it has triggered Article 50 is the first formal step to our country’s exit from the European Union.

“With a well-established legal and political system, strong infrastructure, and a language that is used throughout the business world, we should be confident in the UK’s ability to withstand the uncertainties of leaving the EU.

“Yet while the hope is that the UK can secure the best possible deal on trade and market access, businesses must continue to plan for an exit in 2019, several years of trade negotiations, and a transitional phase to bridge the two. For many businesses, including our own, access to skills is one of the most pressing issues they face. I believe mobility of people should be as high a priority as trade in the future negotiations. If we are to maintain the UK’s status as an open and thriving economy we must retain the diversity of skills that has helped our nation flourish.”


Notes to editors

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In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte LLP, which is among the country's leading professional services firms.

Deloitte LLP is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), a UK private company limited by guarantee, whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

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