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Dorset’s voice of business has warned that there is a long way to go following cabinet agreement for a Brexit deal.

The Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry has vowed to support members and lobby the Government in the interest of business.

Chief executive Ian Girling said: “Although the cabinet has agreed a deal there is clearly a long way to go.

“The deal has to pass through Parliament and secure the agreement of the EU, while no-one can completely rule out a Tory party leadership challenge, a snap general election or even a second referendum.

“Clearly hard line Brexiteers are deeply unhappy as it doesn’t give them the deal they wanted, while some members of the public will have been encouraged by the deal’s potential to limit freedom of movement and gain greater control of our borders.

“However, at this point it offers very little clarity for business,  particularly the many Dorset firms who have strong and successful trading relationships in Europe and across the world.

“There is a long way to go in terms of trade deals, and it could be years before business receives any certainty about our future economic relationship with Europe and the rest of the world.

“The devil will be in the detail and there are still many unknowns, but we will be working closely with our colleagues in the British Chambers of Commerce to lobby the Government to ensure the economy business are at the heart of our withdrawal, while also supporting businesses in Dorset as much as we possibly can.”