Make UK comment on Withdrawal Agreement vote

Commenting after today’s vote on the Withdrawal Agreement, Stephen Phipson CEO of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation said:

Businessis devastated that after two years of negotiations, months of increasing uncertainty and weeks of building frustration, after three attempts the withdrawal deal has not been agreed by the House of Commons. This now makes the nightmare of a “no-deal” scenario more likely than ever. This would be a disaster for the UK economy as a whole and for the 2.7 million manufacturing jobs around the UK.

“Make UK has consistently supported the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement as it removes the risk of no deal and delivers a sensible transition period which is vital for the needs of manufacturers. Every day, companies are losing contracts with investment falling and companies voting with their feet and walking away from Britain as a place to do business. Our global reputation was already tarnished, we end the week with it in tatters.

“Parliament and this Government need to find a solution now which can give industry the clarity it so desperately needs to safeguard millions of jobs in constituencies up and down the whole country.”

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