I have always maintained that it will be a slow decline in our industry base which will cause the real longer term problems. You cannot remove competitiveness from big employers and not expect a reaction then this leads to knock on effects in SMEs too
The way business makes decisions going forward will be affected by our country status and costs and friction in supply lines and the path of least resistance to get to their market
So every decision on leases on plant or property, renewal of financing, change in conditions, new member country regulations over which we have had no say as a third country, may not mean loss of British jobs automatically but makes us very vulnerable in any new considerations.
We can put our heads in the sand and ignore every statement and every warning sign and pretend it won’t happen and listen to the “diesel effect” naysayers, or we can face it, tell people the real consequences of being a third country and let them decide.
The fact is the big reasons countries want to join the EU are amongst other things, frictionless access to the biggest single market in the world and the clear advantage that member countries work together for the good of the member countries signed up to the treaty.
If we aren’t a member country, if we are a third country, our influence and interest will always be limited. We will not be top of the list and EU27 member companies will make future decisions within that context. MPs should all understand this and be explaining it carefully to their constituents.
Not ignoring the warning signs.
Brexit is bad for British business and jobs. You cannot avoid this conclusion and to ignore this will be our undoing.
(This article was published on our Twitter page by Pilar, Chester for Europe campaigner)