Commenting on the statement for Brexit preparedness by Michael Gove, Stephen Phipson, CEO of Make UK, The Manufacturers’ Organisation said:
“The more evidence that Government publishes the more it confirms that we are nowhere near ready for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Manufacturing exports are worth around £100 billion to the UK economy, two thirds of which go to the EU and, as it stands, exporters are going to be massively disadvantaged by leaving without an agreement.
“Issues ranging from the mutual recognition of goods to data transfer which are the daily lifeblood for many companies are no nearer to being resolved, while there is no evidence that the essential certification agencies we need to set up in the UK are being established.
“Adding to the proposed ‘no deal’ tariff regime this evidence of how unprepared we are for such a seismic change is just piling on more uncertainty and damaging consequences. The clock is no longer ticking, it has simply run out of time.”