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Brexit Impact on UK Manufacturing Must Be Assessed

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Public needs the facts before ‘leap into the dark’, union says.

GMB urges all MPs to support Labour's call for a Brexit impact assessment on Britain’s 2.6 million manufacturing jobs.

The UK’s thriving manufacturing sector supports millions of jobs across the country. [See note to editors for regional breakdown].

But these could come under threat from the government’s announced intention to leave the EU single market and customs union.

Tomorrow, the Labour Party will table an amendment [2] requiring the Government to publish any impact assessment that has been carried out on the impact of leaving the single market and customs union.

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary for Manufacturing, said:

"It is vital that the government releases its impact assessment on the consequences of its plan to leave the single market and customs union, which let's not forget were not on the referendum ballot paper last year.

“While this radical move will inevitably have a big impact for many different sectors of the economy, it will be those in manufacturing that could experience the fallout first.

“Many manufacturing firms rely on components, materials and goods zig-zagging between Britain and other countries in the European Union as part of their production and supply chains and barriers to that will be challenging.

“With 2.6 million manufacturing jobs in the UK, Theresa May needs to be very clear about what the government thinks will happen as a result of her plan to leave the single market and customs union.

“The Prime Minister needs to reassure manufacturing workers and take further action to safeguard their jobs and support our industries.

“We also need to know which regions and nations stand to be hardest hit from this move and ensure that our future industrial strategy take account of the geographical dimension of this risky move.

“Parliament, industry and the public deserve the facts before the government takes this leap into the dark."


Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at

[1] Regional breakdown of manufacturing jobs:

North East 117,000

North West 316,000

Yorkshire 282,000

East Midlands 285,000

West Midlands 325,000

East England 231,000

London 127,000

South East 268,000

South West 240,000

Wales 167,000

Scotland 188,000

Northern Ireland 67,000

[2] Specific amendment, NC5, on page 22:

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