The uncertainty caused since the Brexit vote has damaged the UK economy, affecting Small and Medium Businesses in particular. The outcome of the Brexit process will have further impacts for Britain’s SMEs, in our highly internationalised economy. The Labour Party, the friend of SMEs, can play a role in protecting them from what lies ahead and ensuring our economy remains dynamic and innovative.
SME4Labour is proud to host a roundtable discussion with MP Chuka Umunna and Barry Gardiner MP on the possible impact of Brexit on SMEs.
Chuka Umunna has been MP for Streatham since 2008 and was Shadow Sectary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2011 to 2015. Umunna campaigned for Britain to remain a member of the EU and was one of the political champions of Britain Stronger IN Europe. He is currently Chair of Vote Leave Watch, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration, and is a member of the Home Affairs Committee where he is holding the Government to account. He is also Chair of the ongoing Independent inquiry into the Labour Party's support amongst Britain’s Ethnic Minorities and sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Progressive Capitalism.
Barry Gardiner has been MP for Brent North since 1997. Currently Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, he has spent much of his political career focusing on industry and environmental issues. He has worked to table a (narrowly defeated) amendment to the UK Energy Bill and has spent many years on parliamentary committees working on environmental policy; he played a key role in shaping much of Labour’s policy in energy and the environment in the Blair-Brown years. Prior to his parliamentary career, Barry was also the youngest ever mayor in Cambridge’s history.