Last week, I held a business roundtable with Ferrero’s Thorntons, Emma McClarkin MEP and over 30 local businesses from across Amber Valley to discuss the upcoming opportunities and challenges of Brexit.
The event gave businesses the chance to present their concerns and priorities for Britain leaving the European Union to me and Emma McClarkin.
Discussions focused on access to workers, regulations, customs and exports, and opportunities for regulatory and financial improvements following our exit.
I’m grateful to Ferrero for hosting this roundtable event in their Thorntons factory in Alfreton.
The opportunity to discuss local business concerns in depth was invaluable to me, and Emma and I will feed the important points and issues highlighted by businesses back to ministers who are currently working to secure a Brexit deal. Following the roundtable, Brexit remained at the forefront of the timetable as MPs started debating the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in Parliament.
This Bill will transfer EU law into UK law at the point of the UK’s departure from the EU. This will help deliver the Referendum result to leave the EU by ending the supremacy of EU law in the UK, and it’s also an important step in preventing a cliff-edge when we leave, by providing legal certainty for businesses, individuals and consumers – a welcome move which many business owners highlighted during the roundtable.
In Amber Valley, many residents have rightly raised concerns about anti-social behaviour incidents and drug use in Ripley town centre.
So, I’ve set up a public meeting for residents to attend and discuss their concerns with the relevant local agencies, including the local police, councils, councillors and charities. The meeting will take place at All Saints’ Church off Church Street in Ripley on Monday, September 25, from 7pm to 8pm, and I hope as many residents as possible can come to hear what’s being done to try and solve the issues, and ask questions about what else we can do.
I’ll then be holding a Meet your MP event in Swanwick on September 27. The meeting will take place from 7pm to 8.30pm at Swanwick Methodist Church, on Derby Road, and will be an opportunity to hear more about my role as your local MP. This is an open, informal meeting to give residents the opportunity to share their ideas for our area and discuss any local or national issues with me. I hope to see many constituents at the events and I’ll then be arranging further meetings across other parts of Amber Valley in the next few months. Please do come along!