Representatives from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) attended the meeting in London this week to hear directly from the industry leaders who make up the BPF Council.
Philip Law, director general of the BPF, said the federation has been in dialogue with the government about Brexit ever since last year’s referendum. “The delegation was in listening mode and was very keen to hear direct from our member firms what their ideal outcome from the Brexit negotiations were.”
The BPF has previously published a document entitled ‘Securing the Future – Priorities for the UK Plastics Industry in a New UK-EU Relationship’ which included the findings of a member-wide survey on priorities in Brexit negotiations.
In September the BPF also established a Brexit Taskforce which acts as an advisory panel to the BPF on its work with Government on Brexit.
BPF President David Hall added: “It was refreshing to hear that they understood the issues the industry are facing and that they were keen to learn the impacts Brexit is likely to have on businesses in the plastics industry. They have a good team and they are keen to bat for our side”.
The meeting coincided with Prime Minister Theresa May giving clearer indication of the government’s Brexit plans, including withdrawing from the single market.
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