THE Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has called for politicians to act now to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

This echoes calls by the chamber network nationally.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) focused on the threat of a no-deal outcome and lingering business uncertainty at their annual conference, which included a headline speech by director general Adam Marshall.

MPs will vote on Brexit today, but only on the part of the deal that has been negotiated with the EU.

Ross McNally, Hampshire Chamber executive chairman, and Maureen Frost, chief executive, were among the attendees at the QEII Centre in Westminster.

Both of them said they agreed with the BCC that the political impasse needs to end as soon as possible so that businesses can return to everyday decisions on how best to grow.

Ross said: “For too long now the debate around Brexit has created uncertainty that is in danger of choking off confidence and investment.

“This needs to stop now.

“Politicians must not shy away from the hard decisions that are needed to ensure a way forward that safeguards prosperity and jobs.

“The recurring theme today has been around long-term ambition and how, to achieve that, you need consultation, vision and leadership.

“That goes for political ambitions just as much as business investment in innovation, infrastructure and trade.”

Maureen said: “The conference was an ideal opportunity for business leaders from across the country to come together and discuss the challenges and opportunities we face.

“The current political impasse is having real-world consequences for businesses and must be addressed now.”