A new survey of manufacturers commissioned by the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF), now re-branded as ‘Make UK’, has found that nearly one in five UK manufacturing firms have already relocated production out of the UK as a result of Brexit, or are considering it.
Responding, Anna Turley MP, a leading supporter of People’s Vote, said:
“Almost every day that goes by means more devastating news as the likes of Airbus, JLR, Nissan, Michelin, Ford, Vauxhall and now Honda shelve investment or axe jobs. And, when nearly one in five UK manufacturing firms say they have already relocated out of this country because of Brexit or are considering doing so, politicians in Westminster should sit up and take notice.
“I hope those ministers attending Dame Judith Hackitt's speech tonight listen to her because she's right that the ‘Westminster pantomime’ on Brexit is not only costing people their livelihoods but also stopping government tackling all the other pressing issues that create business uncertainty or stifle investment. Nor will going ahead with Brexit now give business any clarity or closure when the deal on offer leaves so many of the biggest questions unresolved.
“The truth is there is no form of Brexit that is as good as the deal we've already got in the EU or can meet the impossible promises made for it in 2016. That is why workers and business owners, young and old, as well as people from every corner of the United Kingdom will be marching through London on March 23rd, demanding they have the final say on Brexit. It's time to put it to the people.”
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