UK gets ready to leave the EU
The UK leaves the EU at 23:00 GMT today (Friday 31st January 2020).
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will publish a video message to hail the “dawn of a new era” at 22:00.
But how will Brexit affect independent retail businesses in the UK?
Bira CEO, Andrew Goodacre comments: “After 3 years of uncertainty we will officially be leaving the EU today. Although the focus will shift immediately to negotiating a productive trade deal, I hope that consumer confidence will return and spending in shops will increase.
“Retailers will start 2020 with renewed optimism and with better support form local and national government, I am sure it will be a better year.”
So today we leave Europe. Hopefully we can look forward to some stability after 3 years of painful wrangling and build consumer confidence. A lot of work to be done and @biraofficial will play its role in making the 20's 'roar' for independent retail
— Andrew Goodacre (@bira_CEO) January 31, 2020