Business leaders have been complaining for several months since the Brexit vote that their voices are not being heard by the UK Government. This became an even bigger complaint during the election when the economy was hardly mentioned, let alone debated. 

Access to a pool of talented workers, both skilled and unskilled, and tariff-free access across borders are important issues to UK businesses. But both seem to have been forgotten in the talk of a hard Brexit and leaving the single market. The result last week was a vote on Brexit despite the Government's view to the contrary and Prime Minister May will need to adopt a conciliatory approach not only with her unhappy MPs but also with the wider business community. 

Now is the time for the CBI and IoD to champion UK businesses and make clear what is needed for a successful trading future.