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Business leaders have been joined by one of the key Brexit ministers for a summit organised by Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street.
Robin Walker MP, the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) minister, came to Aston University for the event which took place in conjunction with the three regional Chambers of Commerce.
The summit was one of the pledges made by Street for his first 100 days after he was elected as Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) on 5 May.
The event allowed representatives from the key sectors of advanced manufacturing, health and life sciences and higher education to put across their views about the challenges and opportunities they face. Issues around EU funding for research and development, immigration and overseas students were all raised with the minister.
Street said “The most immediate way I can help the West Midlands make a success of Brexit make is to provide a way for businesses and universities to get their views heard by the people who are involved in the negotiations."
The Minister said "I found it very useful to meet with the Mayor and business leaders from the region and hear about their plans and priorities first hand. The West Midlands makes a significant contribution to the UK's economy and will play a crucial role in making the most of the new opportunities that come with leaving the European Union."