Following a Dec. 12's general election in the United Kingdom which gave a large majority to the Conservative Party, the U.K. Chemical Industries Association has urged the new government to "get Brexit right."
In a statement, association CEO Steve Elliott said: "The country now has the political clarity and certainty which business has been seeking."
"Now we must get Brexit right and secure an exit and future trading relationship between the U.K. and the [European Union] that enables broader manufacturing and the chemical industry to maintain and grow its contribution to the whole of the U.K. economy and to people's everyday lives," he wrote.
The U.K.'s Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, won 364 seats in Parliament in the election, giving it a clear majority that Johnson has pledged will be used to complete the country's exit from the EU.
Voters first voted for Brexit in 2016, but the government has not been able to approve a final exit deal since then, which has led to continued questions from residents and business leaders.
Elliott said the association looks forward to making "rapid progress" after more than three years of "political stalemate."
"We now look forward to working with the prime minister, his government, all political parties across Parliament and the ... administrations to ensure a strong U.K. manufacturing presence," he said. "Our industry in this vountry and throughout Europe will be supporting both our government and the European Union to ensure there is a frictionless, free trade agreement in place as soon as possible. We also believe that it is in our environmental and commercial best interests to secure close regulatory alignment with the European Union and to ensure that we can continue to attract and retain the very best skilled, specialist people from anywhere around the world."