January 15, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C.— Marjorie Chorlins, executive director of the U.S. Chamber's U.S.-UK Business Council, issued the following statement today in response to the UK Parliament vote on Brexit:

“While the outcome of Parliament’s vote is not a surprise, the urgent task of avoiding a no-deal Brexit remains, so we urge the British government to find a solution that the Parliament can support. The U.S. business community has a huge stake in the outcome of these negotiations; U.S. companies employ 1.2 million Britons and have invested $600 billion in the UK. The best possible Brexit outcome will bring clarity and certainty about the road ahead, but time is running short, so we encourage the UK and the EU to consider an extension of Article 50, if necessary.”

The U.S.-UK Business Council, launched in January 2017, is the premier Washington-based business organization dedicated to strengthening the commercial relationship between the U.S. and the UK.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.