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What does Boris Johnson's resignation mean for Bristol? Companies grow concerned about government's Brexit strategy

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 09 July 2018 15:57

What does Boris Johnson's resignation mean for Bristol? Companies grow concerned about government's Brexit strategy

As Boris Johnson becomes the second cabinet minister to resign within hours, many questions are being raised about the Government's strategy for Brexit.

This morning, July 9, Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned and was quickly replaced by Dominic Raab. Boris soon followed suit.

Businesses in Bristol and the wider South West are now pushing the Prime Minister for answers, which have so far not been forthcoming, as the Government struggles to secure a deal for the UK as it looks to leave the EU.

When the Government triggered Article 50 in March 2017, many companies remained tight-lipped about their plans regarding Brexit.

But with less than nine months to go until the UK splits from the Union, and Theresa May's cabinet losing two ministers in one day, businesses are beginning to voice contingency plans.

In Bristol, there are serious concerns about the impact the departure could have on industry.

Airbus, which employs thousands of people at Filton, has already warned it could pull out of Bristol (and the UK) if Britain crashes out of the EU with a “no-deal” Brexit.

The same questions about tax, mobility, skills and regulation are being raised by businesses across the city.

There is much debate in the region around the impact Brexit will have, and the challenges and opportunities it will create.

Read more: Deal or no deal? How Bristol businesses should be preparing for Brexit

Bristol City Region Brexit Assembly

The Bristol Post is launching the Bristol City Region Brexit Assembly – a 12-month-long series of events and debates around Brexit, and is encouraging businesses in the city to get involved.

The events, which will be apolitical, will bring together heads of industry from the Bristol region in sectors including finance, law, manufacturing and tech, to discuss the key challenges for the city and how businesses can continue to thrive after leaving the EU.

Bristol Post business editor Hannah Baker said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Bristol’s business community to come together and be involved in discussions on how the city will be shaped after Brexit.

“We will be sharing ideas on how to address the challenges facing business, such as skills and talent, while also looking at any opportunities that might arise.

“It’s an uncertain time for business, but now is also the time to be making decisions.

“Bristol is a thriving hub of enterprise and Brexit is not going to change that – but this is a chance for the voice of Bristol’s businesses to be heard.”

The Bristol City Region Brexit Assembly, which is being sponsored by PwC and Business West, will hold its first event in Bristol city centre in September.

To get involved or for information about becoming a partner, contact robert.rodgerson@reach plc.com.

Boris Johnson picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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