Posted: Thu 17th Jan 2019
Another momentous week in Westminster ends with the government going back to the drawing board over Brexit. Enterprise Nation has warned that the voting down of Theresa May deal by MPs will have dented the confidence of entrepreneurs and the government should introduce a Brexit Advice Service to support small businesses.
"I would still rather see a deal"
"As a business owner my number one fear is that we crash out with no deal, and my second is that we end up staying in the limbo we're in at the moment for even longer.
"Many have compared the situation we're in today to the crisis faced during the second world war. Back then we had a government of national unity to guide the country through these difficult times. This is exactly the sort of action we need to see from politicians today; opposition parties and the government working together to get an agreement on the way forward. This will mean compromises, no more 'red lines' and certainly no more political gameplaying.
"The longer this uncertainty goes on, the worse it is for business. Which is why I would still rather see a deal than a second referendum which could take up to a year to deliver a verdict and may not be conclusive."
Rebecca Yates, Rebecca Yates London
"Postpone Article 50"
"The only feasible thing to do now is postpone Article 50 until we can get a better deal in place that the whole country can accept.
"Falling off the cliff by leaving the EU without any deals in place would be fiscal and economic suicide.
"The less than 2% majority that voted for Brexit were sold a pack of lies and would not vote the same if we had a second vote. Therefore the only levers Ms May can use now while postponing Article 50 is: 1) second referendum 2) general election.
"Either way, there just is not enough democratic, political, economic or business support to continue down the fragile Brexit exit route. Time for a massive course correction."
Fin Wycherley, Supersize Media
"Whatever deal is landed will make no difference to us"
"It seems to me that the EU will not be ready to re-open the negotiations at this stage. The government may be able to buy more time if they were to instigate a people's vote.
"If a second vote also produces a leave majority perhaps we could re-negotiate a Norway type deal. It doesn't seem that MPs will unite around anything proposed by the current government.
"As a service business aworking with clients in Gibraltar, mainland Spain and Qatar, whatever deal is landed on will make no difference to us as a business.
"Our clients in Spain and Gibraltar are not concerned about the outcome of Brexit in terms of our relationship with them. We will continue as normal regardless. We provide HR consultancy services, so there are no implications for goods and border tariffs etc.
"I know some manufacturing companies in the UK though who are concerned and are stock piling, especially those importing components from the EU."
Peter Lawrence, Human Capital Department
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