200,000 companies across Europe have said that a no-deal Brexit will be a “disaster” for millions of workers, business leaders have warned.
Manufacturing group Make UK and Ceemet, its sister organisation in Europe warned in a joint statement that Brexit negotiations must resume.
The organisations that represent companies who employ millions of staff warned that leaving the UK’s most without a critical trade partner with a no-deal Brexit will be devastating for manufacturing.
The joint statement warned, “The impacts would go far beyond disruptions in trade at the border.
“Families and communities would be left hanging in the balance, affecting real people who need the well-paid jobs that manufacturing provides alongside its contribution of almost half of Britain’s global exports.
“Manufacturing and engineering companies employ 2.7 million in every constituency up and down the UK and many millions more across the whole of Europe.
“The Covid crisis has had an incredibly damaging impact across the UK and Europe. As a consequence it has been impossible to fully prepare for the changes that are coming in January.
“Should we face the challenge of an acrimonious exit without a deal, businesses in the UK and Europe are united in the view that they are not and cannot be ready for the disruption that we face.”