Ministers listen to UK tech industry views

Government ministers recently heard the views of leading technology companies during a roundtable on the forthcoming negotiations with the EU.

Part of the Government’s engagement programme ahead of Article 50 being triggered, ministers Robin Walker and Lord Bridges from the Department for Exiting the European Union and culture minister Matt Hancock held a roundtable with some of the biggest technology companies operating in the UK to hear their views on priorities for the sector.

Among the topics of discussion were the Digital Single Market and access to talent once the UK has left the European Union. Attendees also considered the opportunities that are posed by the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU and how continued growth can be ensured.

Speaking after the roundtable, Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said: “With recent news of big investments in the UK by global tech giants it’s clear that the UK’s digital economy is thriving. We are determined to keep up the momentum and today have been listening to tech firms, large and small, about what matters most ahead of our EU negotiations.

“We are committed to protecting and supporting its growth so that together we can make the UK the most advanced digital nation in the world.”


By engaging with business leaders and key stakeholders both through roundtables and regional visits, the government is building a national consensus on the approach to the negotiations and and the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Representatives from the following companies were present at the meeting:

  • ARM
  • Cisco
  • Coadec
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • HPE
  • HP
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Samsung
  • Tech-City UK
  • Tech UK

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