Brexit negotiations Business chiefs call for economyfirst deal with EU

A joint letter signed by the CBI and the British Chambers of Commerce calls for an arrangement where the UK can "maintain the economic benefits" of the European single market and customs union until a final settlement is agreed. 

The letter, which is also signed by the manufacturers" group EEF, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors, also presses for an early deal guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens living and working in Britain. 

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