WHILE uncertainty is manifest over the impact of Brexit on the Borders economy, there are “key issues” which businesses in the region should be considering now.

That is the view of former local Lib Dem MP Michael Moore who will address an upcoming lunch event organised by the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce.

It will take place in the Bay Waverley Castle Hotel in Melrose on Friday, December 9.

A qualified chartered accountant before entering politics, Mr Moore is now a senior adviser on Brexit and devolution with leading business consultancy firm PwC.

As a prelude to his talk Mr Moore says, “In the months since the EU referendum, there have been many questions posed about the significance of Brexit and how it will affect businesses across the country and, separately, whether it will lead to another Scottish independence referendum.

In Melrose, I will set out the major themes which ministers and both the UK and Scottish parliaments will be considering as the UK prepares for the Brexit process to formally begin with the triggering of ‘Article 50’.

I will also outline some of the key issues which businesses in the Borders need to be considering right now.”

The Chamber is “delighted” to have enlisted Mr Moore for the Melrose event.

In his new role and having been an MP in the Borders for 18 years, he brings a business as well as a political perspective to issues which are of great concern to companies of all sizes and sectors across the Borders.

The Brexit process may appear to be in limbo, but businesses know they cannot afford to stand still, wait for things to happen and do nothing. They want to be optimistic and identify positive outcomes.

Since the June 23 referendum, two major areas of local concern have emerged: the need for continued support for the agricultural/food producing sector and the importance to the Borders labour market of the free movement of EU nationals.

These and many other issues will be discussed at this lunch meeting and a good turnout is hoped for, particularly from those businesses and exporters who are likely to be most affected by Brexit.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite by clicking HERE The cost (inclusive of VAT) is £25 (£20 for Chamber members). Timing is 12.30 for a 1pm start, ending about 3pm but due to the subject could be flexible!

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