Brexit, out of sight, out of mind
There is so much news on the current Brexit situation, it is easy to forget the decisions being made on relocating a business into Europe.
Many companies have already implemented their decisions and relocated, and many more are considering what to do.
“The Body Shop” is moving warehouse operations to Frankfurt.
Now it is the turn of The Body Shop to take steps to relocate to Frankfurt. You may not have seen the news but it is going on across the country as businesses of all types and sizes consider where and how will the company survived after a Brexit.
The Body Shop is a British company that started 1976, shame it will leaving the UK for Frankfurt and the loss of jobs. More lost jobs and lost taxes for the UK.
If you know of any business moving to Europe because of Brexit, send in details for publication and a link will be provided to your source.
The Honda company is expected to announce the closure of the Swindon plant officially on Tuesday 19th February, first reported by Sky News.
Firstly there is the human cost of lost incomes affecting the whole area, lost of Government taxes and add payment for unemployment benefits. Then there are taxes paid direct to the Government, and lost exports, which will affect transport companies and shipping lines as many of the vehicles are exported. The company produces more than 100,000 Civic cars a year.
With the new EU/Japan trade agreement, it dose not make sense having a manufacturing plant in a country just outside the European Union. This is the only Honda manufacturing site inside the EU.
Brexit must be a main reason for the closure. Nissan also announced manufacturing of the new X-Trail will now be made in Japan.
With the new EU/Japan trade deal, expect many more Japanese companies to decide their future with the UK in or out of the EU shortly.
You have heard and read many things over the last two and half years of Brexit discussion. But compared to other EU countries we have the best deal ever. Now we are throwing it all away, to satisfy the agender of the far right in the Tory party. Here is the Germany Plus version we already have.
The question is really about who CONTROLS the UK, the right wing of the Tory party, or normal politicians with the county’s best interests at heart.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the group ERG members will have done what they set out to achieve. Almost certain they will not be elected again. Question is are they doing for the country they love so much or for personal financial reasons? Only time will tell. Guess who will have to pay the price of believing lies, fake news and what they wanted to hear.
Who wins, will control the country for years
And maybe not in your best interest.
There seems little chance people will change their minds on how they voted in the 2016 EU Referendum. Facts don’t matter, it is now all about emotions and beliefs. Many existing MP’s accept that they will not be re-elected at the next general election, does not matter they will have achieved what they set out to do. Separate the UK from Europe.
With both major parties supporting a version of Brexit, and the LibDems forgotten, it is very likely the impact will be known very quickly.
Any new Government will have the challenge of bringing together a totally divided country, surrounded by falling tax revenues and decisions made by many companies to protect themselves from the effects of Brexit. Which could mean less staff or relocating.
Lack of knowledge and fake news are to blame.
The vote was an emotional vote, with many believing the fake news from people like Boris Johnson, and a vote against the Government for forgetting them. The cuts to council grants, lack of opportunities, poor social structure, no jobs, all play a part in the Brexit result.
What will happen?
Nobody knows. How can any UK Government reconcile such distrust and bitterness? Perhaps a Government of national unity with a new Prime Minister may help? The Government will have to invest in the NHS, schools, job creation, and financially support firms considering moving to the EU. Taxes on the higher paid will have to be increased.
Failure to prepare for life after leaving the EU, could result in civil unrest, the like the UK has never seen before. Then there is the possibility of Scotland and maybe Northern Ireland seeking to re-join the EU.
H.M. Government, you have been warned.
What does Taking Back Control mean?
There are many reasons for the result of the 2016 Referendum on staying in the EU or leaving. One of the most common reasons given by “Leavers” was Taking Back Control
This statement means many different things to many people. For the majority of the older generation it means returning to the “good old days” where they made their own decisions, lived in an environment that had good social services, jobs, security and had money to spend.
The decline of UK manufacturing has been going on for many years before the UK joined European Union as it is now called. I know first hand how banks treated small business that manufactured and exported around the world. Money for property Yes, money for investment growth No.
As all types of manufacturing declined and the number of competitors increased, it became easier and more profitable to import than manufacture, and that meant less jobs.
Taking Back Control
Ordinary voters believed they could take back control, but in reality the control of their lives has passed from one of common standards and rules inside the EU, to one of control made by businesses and banks. The UK politicians will have no control over what happens next.
£85 million, million was the deficit in 2018 on trade. As a trading nation the UK needs a lot more exporters of all types. The EU is the worlds largest trading block and accounts for nearly 50% of UK exports.
Many companies and businesses are taking control of their future by relocating out of the UK into different European countries, which will only make Britain’s trade deficit worse. This also means fewer jobs, and less tax revenue.
Free Trade Deals
There has been lots of talk of the benefits to the UK of Free Trade Deals. But if you don’t have what other countries want to buy, the trade is only good for the other country. A Trade Deal with New Zealand will probably mean more lamb imported into the UK. Wiping out the Welsh sheep farmers that already export into the EU.
All very depressing. Let’s stay in the EU and continue to make Europe safer, richer and more accountable to it’s citizens. Don’t throw away 45 years of progress.
Another lost tax source
As more and more companies plan their future to remain inside the EU after Brexit, it is sad to see the registration of P&O cross channel fleet, under the flag of Cyprus. Travellers on the Dover to Calais will see the difference.
The “Red Duster” or “Red Ensign” has been used on British merchant ships since 1707.
What this will say to European and overseas visitors is that the UK has turn its back on Europe. Expect more ships to be re-registered. Could this be the end of the UK maritime fleet?
Another manufacturing firm is leaving the UK.
The Philips Avent factory in Glemsford Suffolk has announce on Thursday its decision to close the Avent factory which produces baby products. The facility is relocating most of its facilities to Drachten in the Netherlands, and some to Indonesia.
Regardless of Brexit, it was one of a number of reasons for the closure for the factory, which exports the majority of its products.
Yet another manufacturing company leaving the UK and adding to the growing number of job losses. These jobs will not be coming back even if the UK remains in the EU.
The area around Glemsford voted 55% to 45% to leave the European Union. Almost certain that nobody thought that jobs would lost because of the referendum. It is the same in other parts of the country, businesses that export must decide where to base production to minimise costs.
Read why you maybe against the EU
The follow is a detail answer to an important question posted on Quora, and it just may make you understand how the UK got to Brexit.
There has always been suspicion of the EU, mainly because to the right wing tabloid press owned by foreigners. Who have the aim of separating and controlling the UK for their own aims. It all comes down to finance and power.
The fear of Foreign languages and a different type of life style always make the British feel uncomfortable. For many their only experience of Europe is the summer vacation and maybe winter skiing holidays. The British are really liked in Europe and many people under the age of 50 often speak English. It is taught in Kindergarten and upwards in many countries.
English is the default second European language. So why not enjoy it and stay in the EU and make it better, Most Europeans would love that.
Brexit plans activated
With less than 100 days to go before Brexit day, many companies are now activating their business Brexit plans. Highly successful UK companies are being forced to make decisions which will affect the UK economy for many years. Less corporation tax, less income tax will mean less government spending and higher tax’s for most people.
The Scottish Daily Record reports that KellyBronze Free Range Turkeys are moving 10% of their breeding stock to Holland and Germany. This will keep the company inside the EU single market, where it can have access to European workers and European customers.
It is also reported in the Daily Record that FreestyleXtreme will reduce staff in Bristol by 78. They have opened an office in Romania and planning on opening a warehouse in Germany. Managing director Shaun Loughlin said businesses needed to know there would be a deal “tomorrow”, not in March.
Ian McCartney, director of strategy at Wilson Tool International, which has opened a branch in Germany, said: “It’s hard to believe in business how messy it is in politics. There’s absolutely zero certainty in Westminster.”
These companies need to trade inside the single market, and there are thousands more. How many more will relocate?
Galileo will go ahead without the UK
The new European global positioning system called Galileo, has a number of UK companies participating. With the UK leaving the EU because of Brexit in 100 days, and the Prime minster officially cancelling the UK’s involvement, things are starting to happen. The UK is planning to build its own GPS.
The Portsmouth Control Base will move.
The satellite control base will join a number of European organisations moving out of the UK, because only EU members can participate.
A major supplier to the Galileo system is SCISYS, based in Chippenham. They would have no more contracts, so to ensure they comply with European rules they are relocating the parent holding company to Dublin. Existing work will still continue in the UK, Germany and France.
Brexit is going to happen, maybe
It is too late now to change the course of history. The UK will be leaving under the agreed deal or a no-deal.
If it is of interest here are some facts to you should remember.
Pity these facts were not available before the referendum. History will not be kind to David Cameron and the Tory party. Brexit is a cover up for the ineptitude of various UK Governments.
The possible decision on the 10th of December to permit the UK to withdraw Article 50 means there are now a number of possibilities, including remaining in the EU.
Brexit Leaver or Remainer, what it means.
What is a Leaver or Remainer?
A change in political views have taken place in the two years since the UK Referendum on leaving the European Union. The country is now almost equally divided between Leavers or Remainers. What is a Leaver or a Remainer?
A Leaver is a person that believes the UK will be better off outside the European Union. Taking back control of borders, stop sending money for EU membership, immigration and able to do trade deals with any country it chooses. The UK has been a member (EEC) since 1971 and confirmed in a 1975 Referendum. Many Leavers are middle aged or older.
Younger people and people identifying as Europeans, believe staying in the EU, amongst our closest neighbours, will ensure a more prosperous UK future. Nearly half the UK exports go to the EU. Immigration is seen as a benefit to the NHS and the country as a whole.
More details on Leavers and Remainers
These two groups could in fact be represented as political parties. No longer a Conservative, a LibDem or Labour supporter, but as a Leaver or Remainer. There seems little doubt that Brexit in one version or another will happen on 29th March 2019.
The Government will have to succeed in all the promises made to the Leavers, ensuring a better life for all. The cost so far is estimated at £26 billion Pounds.
The beliefs of both sides does not change with new information. Persuasion, debates, nothing changes the views of each side, only time will prove which side was right. By then it will be too late to rejoin the European Union.
Remainers will wait and see what happens.
If the Government fails to produce the expected results, and quality of life and opportunities fall, Leavers and Remainers will combine and hold the Government to account, probably wiping out the Conservative Party in the next General Election. The Conservative and Unionist Party must deliver the promised benefits or feel the anger of the whole population.
Brexit and Germany
It may come as a surprise that Germany for the second year, is the top relocation country in Europe, and 3rd in the world. As Brexit looms, individuals and businesses are deciding if and where to establish a new home or facility. The UK is listed at 22.
The latest survey results from the HSBC Bank makes interesting reading. The Expat Country Guides offers the views generated by people living and working in many different countries.
For UK businesses faced with where to relocate after Brexit, this provides some interesting and helpful information.
A local private website based in Drachselsried a small village in Bavaria provides some ideas on what to expect for companies and individuals. Another site is the Munich City Guide. There are many more.
One major advantage for Germany as a destination is the government’s decision to make English compulsory in all schools for many years.
There are times when another persons grasp of a complex issue is far better than self created. Just read the article, and then if you like, forward it to others.
Lloyds Bank to open three new European Offices
Yet another UK bank after Barclays has announced it’s contingency plans for Brexit. It does not mean the end of Lloyds Bank in London, just a precaution that the bank can continue trading and selling its products and services within the European Union. Contingency plans are being made by many companies in the financial sector and the details often do not make the main news feeds. After all, why tell your competitors what your plans are.
Many of the plans are not disclosed, or the number of staff moving. Additional reporting here
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The EU Brexit Preparations
Business plans are normal, but the likelihood the UK will leave the European Union on 29th March 2019 without a deal remain high. The UK government is planning on issuing notices shortly on Brexit Preparations for businesses.
The EU has also sent out Brexit Preparedness plans to the remaining 27 countries.
Some Brexit Preparedness Highlights
All UK citizens will loose many fundamental rights currently enjoyed as a European citizen. If you live in the UK or in Europe the loss will be similar, unless there is a deal. The alternative is, with agreement of the EU to extend Article 50 so that better decisions and agreements can be made. Article 50 can be cancelled. The UK Government announces the stock piling of food and medicines, so should you. Time to make your preparations.
European Preparedness for the long goodbye
Transport, including aviation
Click on the image to view the complete Fact Sheet.
See the Brexit Preparedness PDF at https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/communication-preparing-withdrawal-brexit-preparedness.pdf
The Scout movement has the motto ” Be prepared” since Lord Baden Powell created the movement in 1907. Individuals and businesses would do well to follow this advise.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, Fake News or the truth
Finally there is information on how long the UK will have to wait for the full benefits of Brexit to be known. It is 50 years.
No, not fake news, direct from Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg’s own lips.
The Conservative MP was outspoken about Brexit and defended the reasons for leaving the EU in a major interview.
“You don’t seem to be prepared to put your own future on the line when you’re prepared to put everybody else’s futures on the line.”
This is what happened when we asked leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg MP whether he’d resign from parliament if he’s wrong over Brexit. pic.twitter.com/4bc94AIF4R
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) 21 July 2018
The problem is that nobody really knows what is going to happen after Brexit. It is guess work and wishful thinking. What is certain is that many things will change and not all for the better. No, there is no £350 million a week for the NHS, and no Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg is just making promises which he cannot keep.
The best solution for the UK is to stay in Europe and negotiate a deal like David Cameron, then work with Europe to change the many parts of the European Union that need to be changed, or just wait for 50 years after Brexit. The world will be a very different place by then.
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The European Union is based on rules
Unless the EU rules had been studied before the referendum, most people believed what they were being told by their politicians.
After all, why should politicians lie?
We expected them to know more about the UK – EU relationship than us. It is only after more than 2 years it has become clear that lies were told on both sides of the Referendum debate, mainly for the benefit of political careers and the benefit of the political parties.
Both main parties are against accepting the existing structure of the EU for the UK, but for different reasons. The Conservatives for control, to do what they think is best for the party, to open the UK to competitive trade agreements and stop free movement of European citizens.
The Labour Party is against the EU because it wants to spend vast amounts of public money (which will have to be borrowed) on nationalisation and other pet projects. The EU will not permit this, and they are against European supervision.
What are the rules?
The rules governing the EU have been created over the years, with all members agreeing to common standards. The United Kingdom has been a member of the Union for more than 40 years, and has helped make many of the regulations and directives. UK politicians don’t like rules, as it interferes with they ability to change their minds and make laws which they have an interest in. All countries can make their own laws, but must conform to the standards agreed.
Nick Gutteridge, a successful journalist based in Brussels, recently tweeted a comment from an unnamed EU official who summarised the third country conundrum perfectly.
“There is not an issue of general distrust towards the UK. That’s not the issue, but the EU is a rules-based system. Why is that? It’s because 28 member states do not trust each other spontaneously; they trust each other because they work on the basis of agreed common rules with common enforcement, common supervision and under a European court that will make sure they all apply the same rules in the same manner. They trust each other because there are remedies available. If you don’t have these remedies, you’re a third country.”
The four pillars
The four pillars of the European Union single market are established in the Treaty of Rome and the Lisbon Treaty. The free movement of goods, services, capital and people. The EU is the largest open single market in the world, with more than 510 million people and more than 5o trade agreements. Why would any country want to leave?
The current negotiations over the UK leaving the European Union are centred on these four freedoms. Only 37% of the population voted for Brexit. In a normal democracy, two thirds of the vote should be the bench mark to pass such a fundamental change to the UK’s laws and trading commitments and obligations. You might be interested in my article on Imports and Exports.
Stories from the World of Brexit
There are many stores that never make the headlines in the popular press or news channels, either because of ideology or lack of time and space. Here are some stories selected that you really should read, because some news organisations don’t want you to know what is going on.
Why would the Conservatives vote against protecting UK Jobs
We welcome the opportunity to publish or provide a link that informs the UK public what is going on behind their backs, this is not what they voted for.
Credit Suisse to start moving staff out of London
With just over a year to go before the official departure of the UK from the EU, companies and businesses of all types and size are planning their survival after Brexit. As is often said, it is the millions of small decisions that will shape the UK’s success or failure of leaving the European Union. The UK single largest trading partner.
The leading investment bank Credit Suisse has announced the move of 250 banking jobs under its first phase of Brexit planning.
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Parliament is discussing the divorce bill, so there is little news at the moment on what decisions are being made by businesses and individuals.
This post has some good links and will make you think, that is if you care about the UK’s future.
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Goldman Sachs getting ready for Frankfurt.
Goldman Sachs has agreed to lease 10,000 square metres of office space at the new Marienturm building in Frankfurt, for up to 1,000 staff.
The bank currently has around 1.2 million square feet of office space in London. More on the Reuters article.
Diageo has announced the lost of 100 Scottish jobs. The company is moving it’s Vodka business to Santa Vittoria plant in Italy. Whilst it is a small number of staff in a global company, it is very personal to the people involved. Consolidation will be the norm.
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Brexatom and Euratom
There is so much news that never gets reported in the tabloid newspapers, Euratom is one of them, mainly because they don’t want to report on the bad news that Brexit is having. Below is an excellent post that you should take time to read and digests . You have heard of Brexit, but have you heard of Brexatom which will have big impact on everybody. This is the decision to leave the European Atomic Energy Community. A decision that will have life threatening affects. Why does Euratom matter
Remember the name. If you love your country, start protesting to your local MP and make your views known. It will seriously affect the NHS. If you have information that would be suitable, please use this form.
Germany’s biggest Bank, the Deutsche Bank is moving most of it’s resources back to Frankfurt. This makes sense for a major EU bank to be inside the European Union, ready to serve all its existing customers. Nomura the first Japanese securities firm to choose a location in the EU after Brexit
The lost could be a few hundred jobs, and an unknown amount of tax revenue. Plus the City’s reputation will change.