29 Nov At this point in time, can the UK better determine its future outside the EU by building up its internal capacity?
I ask this having looked at the list of companies declaring their aim to expand in the UK since the Brexit vote, the latest of which is Jaguar Land Rover. It plans to create 10,000 jobs in the midlands with a new centre for electric cars.
When I read the announcement I was taken by the boldness of the move. A massive 60 acre expansion creating a world beating centre for electric cars including building test centres and research facilities. JLR’s ask in return, improvements in local infrastructure (including 12 to 15 gig awaits per year of electricity) and being a feature on the government’s industrial strategy.
All this made me think how adaptable and agile businesses are. They’re not waiting for the EU’s negotiations to pan out to know if they have a future in the UK post Brexit. Nope, they’re quick with their vision and quick with their asks of government for what they need to expand in the UK.
So isn’t it about time we spin the EU dilemma and post referendum hiatus on its head – stop the brain time being drained away by the detractors – and instead focus on what we need to do, and can do, as a country to make us appealing to business. No EU rules broken, no breaching any conditions, simple plain pragmatism which will build up the strength and resilience of the UK ensuring businesses stay and thrive here and others are drawn here.
Surely putting our destiny in our own hands is the best starting point for the UK in this post Referendum era.