Newly established political foundation and business network, the ‘Foundation for Independence’ has today announced the membership of its advisory board.
“For too long the discourse surrounding Brexit has been dominated by Project Fear” Chairman John Longworth told us, “By offering a credible alternative to the CBI, policymakers and the general public will be able to hear from an informed voice that accurately represents the interests of the backbone and enterprising sector of the economy, the length and breadth of the country.”
With the 85% of UK businesses in the private sector being small family-run firms or the self-employed, the Foundation is looking to establish a network that isn’t dominated by the big multi-nationals and represents the interests of these smaller enterprises.
“A central function of the foundation will be to ensure the Government stands by its Brexit pledges, and to champion the strong case for comprehensive free trade deals with the European Union, United States and fellow Commonwealth members” adds Mr Longworth, former Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce and MEP.
Offering counsel and guidance to Chief Executive Brendan Chilton will be Conservative David Jones MP – former Secretary of State for Wales and former Minister at DExEU – and Labour MP Graham Stringer. Former MEP and business man Lance Forman is joined on the advisory board by the former UKIP Head of Policy, Suzanne Evans, SNP member Jim Sillars and Tom Bohills, the co-founder of the Alliance of British Entrepreneurs.
Other aims, they say, are to hold the Government to account over its pledges and to start providing rebuttal to the Remain campaign’s ongoing attempts to undermine the process.
“The importance of these businesses having an effective voice” concluded John, “is made even more crucial as government brokers new trade deals and navigates the economic implications posed by the coronavirus pandemic.”
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