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The UK's relationship with Europe has dominated the policy agenda for the last three in the wake of the brexit vote - and looks set to continue to do so for some time to come. The MTA is comitted to making sure that the UK's manufacturing sector suceeds in getting what it wants from the process.

Since the referendum the MTA has consistently favoured an outcome to the process that enables our members to have as full access to the single market as possible. This entails no tariffs, frictionless movement of goods and people with the EU and regulatory alignment so as to minimise non‐tariff barriers. We have also been clear that a ‘No Deal’ cliff edge would be a serious problem with the resulting uncertainty likely to cause both a reduction of investment and a crisis of economic confidence.

The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration have much to commend them, especially in comparison to a ‘No Deal’ alternative. They put trade in goods at the heart of any future relationship and crucially the Withdrawal Agreement secures a transition period, essential to enable both sides to negotiate a future status for which businesses can plan with confidence.

Our industry needs a future relationship which delivers us access to the single market on terms that are as similar as possible to the ones we enjoy today. Over the last three years the MTA has not prescribed any particular course of action because the political situation has been so fluid. It remains so. We are not asking MPs to vote one way or another, but we are asking them to prioritise the needs of manufacturing businesses in their constituencies, crucial to the future wellbeing of the economy, who need an outcome which enables the strengthening of partnerships and supply chains that exist now and which, if disrupted, cannot be replaced easily, if at all.

Manufacturing technology is a profoundly global industry; there is no trade‐off between European markets and those in other parts of the world – as an industry we have to compete in all of them. Keeping our European customer and supplier base is essential. In support of this, we have been pleased at the recent success of BSI in maintaining its place in the European Standards body CEN. Trading internationally requires international standards and keeping a seat at the table of the leading world standards body is important for the UK.

So, in the weeks ahead we are asking MP’s to support an outcome which delivers the as full access to the Single Market as is achievable and to avoid the potential danger of a chaotic and damaging ‘No Deal’.


CECIMO is the European Committee for the co-operation of machine tool industries. The MTA is the UK representative of the committee and currently has representatives on both CECIMO's Board and Council. CECIMO oversees the EMO exhibition and also discuss and share information on common issues affecting the industry including economic, research, regulatory and technical activities.


The European Liaison Committee of Machine Tool Importers - represents the interests of companies who import equipment into the EU from other EU countries, or from outside the EU.  It also represents distributors.  There are 13 member Associations. As well as providing economic data and forecasts CELIMO regularly liaises with CECIMO to discuss EU regulations and directives. The MTA provides the secretariat of CELIMO.


Orgalime is the European federation representing the interests at the level of the EU institutions of the European mechanical, electrical, electronic and metal articles industries as a whole. Orgalime is registered under the European Union 'Transparency Register' - ID number: 20210641335-88.