Businesses tentatively back Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — Businesses and trade groups have given tentative approval to the draft Brexit deal while also calling for more details, highlighting lingering questions about the final agreement.

It’s a “positive step,” said Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, a U.K. auto industry trade group. However, he added that businesses still seek “certainty and ambition when it comes to securing a competitive future.”

Airbus CEO Tom Enders said the draft agreement “is a welcome first step forwards but there clearly remains much work to do.” The European planemaker said in June it would have to reassess its long-term plans for Britain if there were no Brexit deal.

“We look forward to further clarity and the removal of uncertainty as soon as possible so that Airbus, like every business in the U.K., can properly plan for the future,” Enders said in a statement.