The BDI are the key industry body in the EU from a UK trade perspective and their position on BREXIT is clear; they want to trade with the UK but free trade and not free movement of people isn't possible. 

The idea the UK might do deals on a sector by sector is being blown out of the water; German investment is key for UK manufacturing so any negativity from the BDI does not bode well for future investment into the UK by the powerful German mittelstad.

What is key is companies plan now for Brexit and future trade. The Treasury Committee of the House of Commons is inviting businesses to submit their views by 31 January 2017 on whether the UK Government should seek a transitional trade arrangement on Brexit with the EU. Make sure your voice is heard.