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Manufacturers step up warnings over 'severe damage' from no-deal Brexit

The EURIS Taskforce, representing UK manufacturers worth £148 billion in turnover, has written to the Prime Minister for the second time to reinforce that no-deal should not be an option

The EURIS Taskforce has written to the Prime Minister for the second time to reinforce that no-deal should not be an option in the Brexit debate, saying it will cause job losses and severe long-term damage to UK industry and thus must be avoided.

In the letter on Monday 7th January, the EURIS Chair, Dr Howard Porter, refers the Prime Minister to its report ‘Securing a competitive UK manufacturing industry post Brexit’, which clearly outlines why it is so important Government avoids a no-deal outcome.

EURIS analysis, carried out for the report, shows that a no-deal scenario, placing the UK at the bottom of all global trading leagues under default WTO rules, would be a disaster for the industrial product supply sector. A no-deal Brexit would cause severe damage to UK manufacturing and risks huge job losses as the impact on trade will be too hard to bear for many companies.

EURIS, which represents sectors with 1.1 million employees, first wrote to the Prime Minister in July 2018 to stress the dangers of a no-deal Brexit in a letter co-signed by over 200 companies including the CEO’s of some of Britain’s biggest engineering employers as well as those of some of its most innovative smaller companies. Individual EURIS members are also writing to their constituency MPs today to elevate concerns about a no-deal Brexit.

Dr Porter said: “A no-deal Brexit will result in significant long-term damage to the UK manufacturing sector and will put at risk the industrial product supply sector’s £148 billion contribution to the UK economy. Of particular concern are the potential costs of regulatory compliance and administration placed on exporters and importers in the UK under a no-deal, which many believe will be too hard to bear for some companies.”

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