Brexit and the Chemical Industry

PAUL DUCIE | November 29, 2018

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With Brexit negotiations well underway, a cloud of ambiguity continues to overshadow the Chemical industry, as it remains unclear whether it will be a soft departure, or a hard exit. Regardless, deal or no deal, with the UK chemical industry Britain’s second largest exporter to EU*, Brexit is going to significantly affect the way the industry operates. However, just because the exact parameters of the deal (or no deal) are unknown, it would be a mistake to adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ tactic as that would leave insufficient time to prepare an adequate exit strategy. Contingency plans must be made now and in actuality, plans could have been set in motion when the result of the Brexit referendum was announced in June 2016.

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