Our PM appears to be playing a mad game of chicken at the moment. She is apparently “working to get a deal with the EU” despite the EU clearly stating yesterday that they’re yet to hear any details on what the UK is after. Not only that, but by prolonging the uncertainty and pushing MPs into voting through her previous plan, businesses have absolutely no idea how next month is going to play out.
Now David Cleevely, serial entrepreneur, creator of Cambridge Wireless and Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is looking to move manufacturing out of the UK. He is considering Ireland and The Netherlands as possible locations for this and states in his announcement that …
With a heavy heart I have sent the first email laying the ground for moving manufacturing out of the UK because of Brexit and the tariff and certification problems it will cause. Real businesses. Real employment. Real taxes. Lost.
— David Cleevely #FBPE (@DavidCleevely) February 11, 2019
We have approached Mr Cleevely for details on which products this would involve, but this is currently commercially sensitive.
David Cleevely is a giant of Cambridge entrepreneurship, creating lots of highly skilled jobs over many years here in the UK. I can only despair at the continued bad handling of Brexit and the skills and jobs that will no doubt leave this country over the next few months.