Business chief warns against UK ‘political paralysis’

LONDON (AFP) – The winner of next month’s United Kingdom (UK) general election must seize the initiative on Brexit and avoid further “political paralysis”, the head of Britain’s largest business lobby group said yesterday.

“Whoever is in power after the election, the top priority must be to work with business to provide bolder, better and fairer answers to the challenges facing our country,” Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, said ahead of the group’s annual meeting today.

“We simply cannot afford another wasted year of political paralysis, indecision and distraction while productivity and investment suffer,” Fairbairn said in a statement.

Britain faces a general election on December 12, almost three and a half years after the nation narrowly voted to leave the European Union in a divisive referendum.