Poll results: Have you seen any benefits from Brexit?


Twenty-five months ago – after years of bitter public debate and political deadlock – the UK left the EU. In our latest poll, we asked whether UK manufacturers and engineers had received any of the benefits promised to cut red tape and boost exports..

This poll was conducted between February 22 and 28 and received 1521 votes

When it came to leaving the EU in 2016, the engineering community in the UK was reportedly as divided as the rest of the country, with just over half of the 1,400 respondents to our June 2016 poll on the subject telling us they would vote to stay. Judging by the responses to our periodic feedback on the issue over the past few years, many of these divisions remain.

However, now that more than two years have passed since the UK’s official exit from the world’s largest trading bloc, it seems like a good idea to ask the question again. Especially as some of the sectors most lured by the furlough campaign promises (agriculture and fishing to name just two) are now facing a potentially terminal crisis in exports and labor shortages. -directly linked to this fateful decision.

In our February 22-28 poll, we asked you if you thought Brexit had delivered any of the benefits promised by its cheerleaders, and specifically what it meant for the industry?

Maybe you think it’s still too early to tell? After all, for 12 of the last 24 months the UK has remained a member of the single market and customs union. Perhaps the devastating economic impact of the pandemic makes it difficult to assess? Or maybe you have already discerned some clear uprisings or issues resulting from that June 2016 referendum vote. Either way, keep letting us know in the comments below and keep helping us brush up. a chart of how British engineering and manufacturing feels on the matter now that the dust is starting to settle.


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