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The quickest route to certainty will be best for business


In response to this morning’s snap general election announcement, David Watt, Executive Director of the Institute of Directors in Scotland, said:

“In the next seven weeks, there will be a lot of issues to be discussed and addressed, and most crucial is to remember that a general election should be about more than one topic.

“Even within the short timeframe that the Prime Minister has set, and on which MPs will vote this week, there is plenty of space for a proper debate about business, the strength of the economy and the position of both post-Brexit. It might be that a general election will force some of these key issues out into the open, which would be welcome.

“What would be unwelcome, and bad for business, is for this general election to become either IndyRef2 or BrexitRef2 – both votes have happened, and today’s announcement gives the whole country an opportunity to move along with the practicalities of the future. The quickest route to certainty will be best for business – it will allow us to get on and do what British business does best, whatever the constitutional landscape is.”


Issued by Clark Communications for IoD Scotland. For further information, please contact Lesley Brydon on 0131 225 9596 / 07771 630834 or

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