01 Feb 2021 -

Brexit woes prevail as companies look for European footing

Last week the BBC reported shocking accounts of UK firms being encouraged by the government to set up EU subsidiaries to avoid disruption.

While the Department for International Trade says it’s “not government policy” and they encourage businesses to follow this guidance, many of Britain’s businesses warn “profits are being wiped out and operations forced to move to Europe as they struggle to deal with the red tape and costs of trading”, reports the FT.

Companies face extra courier fees, health certificates and other Brexit costs, as well as duties on goods originating outside the UK, and administration of VAT. “For those which decide to continue, it is often at the cost of jobs in the UK as they move operations across the channel,” says the FT. 

The Guardian also reports that “hundreds of UK companies could switch operations to countries inside the EU in what is threatening to become a dramatic exodus of investment and jobs caused by Brexit.” They quote Lyne Biewinga, of the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce, who said she and her team had been working “night and day” on inquiries from UK companies in recent weeks.

A survey by Make UK, which represents manufacturers across the UK, shows that 60% of companies that said there were ready for Brexit“ now experience disruption” and are “also finding supply chains significantly impacted, reports The Guardian.

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