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NFDA comment: Queen's Speech 2017

NFDA 21/06/2017

“With the importance of securing a beneficial Brexit deal for the UK, and ensuring certainty and stability as soon as possible, we are pleased to see that Brexit was the top priority in today’s Queen’s Speech”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA).

In today’s Speech, the Queen has set out the Government’s plans for the next two years, a crucial period when Brexit negotiations will be taking place. Of 24 Bills unveiled in the Speech, eight relate to Brexit.

Robinson continued, “Out of the eight Brexit bills, NFDA will pay close attention to the Repeal, Trade, Customs, and Immigration Bills, which will be of primary interest for the retail motor industry during the negotiations. Depending on the outcome of the negotiations, these four Bills could have a significant impact not only the cost of doing business, but also on the cost for consumers when purchasing a vehicle.

“It is also encouraging to see that the Government has introduced a dedicated bill on automated and electric vehicles to help attract investments in infrastructures and support economic growth. However, it is vital that the Government itself also actively invests in the electric vehicle market, particularly on charging infrastructure, as this has the potential to become one of the key forces in the modernisation of the automotive industry.

“We will continue to engage with Government and members of Parliament, to ensure that the voice and concerns of automotive retailers are considered during the Brexit negotiations.”

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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.