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Does Brexit Bother You?

 

 

Are you worried about Brexit?

 

It’s been over a year since the UK public voted to leave the EU and what a year it has been.  As well as reaching a monumental crossroads for the country’s future, we have also seen an increase in terrorist attacks, a rise in inflation and an unexpected General Election that has led to the Conservatives joining forces with the DUP to secure power.  As a result of 24/7 news and social media posts, things feel a little out of control. It seems we have gone from an EU nation where we had the freedom to move and trade as we wished, to one that is in limbo, uncertain of where we go from here...

 

Sophie Bowden-Caldwell, a photographer, said...

 I'm too scared to even look at how Brexit will affect my business but hopefully the Government will see sense and not make it difficult for us little ones.

 

Rachel Gully, further commented...


I'm glad my husband sold his company shares at the beginning of this year and got out when he could as we think European road freight will be destroyed by Brexit.


Now that Article 50 has been triggered and talks have been started, there is a feeling amongst the small business community that the Government needs to support them and ensure positive trade opportunities are created so they can continue to exist.  The FSB’s latest report, ‘Keep Trade Easy: What Small Firms Want from Brexit’, in March 2017 revealed that the top priority for 63% of small businesses was the EU single market. With the research showing that over half (58%) of smaller companies find the EU single market easier to trade with than non-EU markets, it is of little surprise that the waters are currently feeling a little choppy as those relationships are under threat.  

Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, said...

Small firms trade with countries based on ease, cost and value and any future trade deal must deliver on these key aspects both with the EU single market and non-EU markets. We call on the Government to ensure that a sensible phased implementation arrangement is put in place to avoid a cliff edge, once we have left the EU.



While things change at the Brexit table from hour to hour, and doom and gloom is being spread faster than butter on hot toast, others see this as an opportunity for the UK to create a new way of working and one that will serve us well. 

Lesely Lyle, Director of Positive Psychologies Learning, commented...

Whenever there are challenges in the business world, such as economic downturns, housing crashes, and currently the uncertainty of Brexit, there are always those who prosper and do well. Instead of worrying about what might happen, adopt an attitude of ‘defensive pessimism’. This is where you think of the worst outcomes and create contingency plans to cope with them. Most importantly, as soon as you’ve done this, put your negative thoughts aside and place your focus on the positive. It’s easy to talk yourself into failure but better to prepare yourself for success.



Are you worried about Brexit? Maybe you think it is a good thing or maybe you just don’t know. Whatever your feelings, why not complete our online survey (see top page or click here) and watch this space for the results.


 

 

 

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