Businesses facing a rising tide of Brexit damage deserve better than the wall of silence offered by Westminster, the Rejoin EU Party says.
More than three quarters, or 77%, of British companies have said the UK’s trade deal with the EU is failing to help them to increase sales or expand their businesses in Europe, according to a survey published this week by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).
Businesses said they were having trouble adapting to new Brexit rules for trading goods and services and obtaining visas for staff, as well as facing higher importing costs, lower sales margins and shortages of goods and services.
The BCC said businesses feel they are “banging their heads against a brick wall” as nothing has been done to help them and that the U.K. needs an “honest dialogue” about improving trading links with the EU.
In addition, the Centre for European Reform also said Brexit is costing Britain £40bn in tax revenue per year and has cut GDP by 5.5% since the UK left the EU – and official data yesterday showed that UK GDP shrank 0.3% in the three months to September – the worst in the G7.
The Rejoin EU Party agrees with the BCC that politicians need to be more honest about Brexit chaos. It says the only realistic way to revive the UK’s collapsing economy is to re-join the single market, the customs union and eventually the EU.
The party is offering businesses struggling with Brexit problems the chance to have that “honest dialogue” and to work together to put pressure on the Tories, Labour and the Liberal Democrats to start listening to them.
Former MEP and Rejoin EU Party supporter Brendan Donnelly said: “Every day, the economic victims of Brexit become more numerous. It’s shameful that British politicians are so reluctant to speak up for them. It’s the job of politicians to defend the electorate from avoidable harm.
“Too many British politicians are content to let the Brexit damage continue in the hope of reaping short-term benefit for their parties. The only real hope lies in accepting Brexit has failed and that we need to return to the EU.”
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