European business leaders will meet UK Prime Minister Theresa May later on Monday to voice concerns about the future of UK-EU trade. Experts from groups including the CBI and Business-Europe will stress the need for a transitional deal that preserves the status quo after Brexit.
They will urge the PM May government to clarify the future relationship between the UK and the rest of the EU. The next round of Brexit talks is due to start in mid-December.
They will meet Mrs May at No 10, as well as Business Secretary Greg Clark, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Economic Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay,
The CBI and the Institute of Directors will be represented, as will business organizations from France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic and Belgium.
But there are concerns that future trade talks could collapse ahead of December's EU summit. EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has warned that the talks will only go ahead if the UK first clarifies its financial obligations to the EU.
Mr Davis has said the UK was ready and willing to engage with Brussels as often and as quickly as needed.
The business leaders are set to tell the prime minister they want real progress on a future free trade agreement, as well as a transitional arrangement until that can be implemented.
Mrs. May is expected to reiterate the UK's commitment to securing an implementation period of about two years once the country leaves the EU in March 2019.
She will also ask the business experts to share their input on how the UK and EU can continue to thrive side by side in industry and economic development.