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AA comment on General Election

/ December 13th 2019 / Matthew Evans
Brexit Industrial Strategy International Trade

Following the result of yesterday’s General Election, Advertising Association Chief Executive Stephen Woodford has issued the following statement:

“With the clear mandate the Conservatives have won from the electorate we look forward to hearing more about the new Government’s programme for the country beyond Brexit and look forward to engaging in discussions about the future trade deal with the EU.  The UK is the European and global hub for the advertising industry, but this status is dependent on securing a good future trade deal with the EU, with a regulatory environment that enables the free flow of data and services across borders and a flexible, growth-friendly migration system that allows the UK to access the best global talent.

“Beyond Brexit, we also look forward to hearing how economic growth and prosperity can be shared more widely across the country. Advertising has a unique ability to foster growth among businesses of all shapes and sizes and drives economic progress across the nations and regions. It is also a key driver of export growth and is the fastest-growing of Britain’s services exports. As the new administration is assembled, we look forward to engaging with Ministers and with officials from across Whitehall to ensure UK advertising’s voice is heard loud and clear.”


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