Stories of Brexit


Our not-for-profit company the Global Learning Association (www.globallearningassociation.org) trained teachers from elsewhere in the EU. This was funded through Erasmus+ which is not only (as the media persists in asserting) a scheme for university students. Erasmus+ also supports youth groups and adult education as well as schools, all of this has ended

- Ray Kirtley (Chair of UKGLAS)

My granddaughter has a small coffee business in Bristol from whom I regularly ordered packets of ground coffee to be sent to France. Only £100 each time. Since Brexit I have stopped this order as the French Government now consider the UK as a foreign country and the Import Tax makes this unviable
– Jennie

I was running a UK- based consultancy with clients in Central Europe. I paid tax in the UK. At the same time, I was receiving UK pensions from 2009. The Brexit referendum reduced the EU value of my pensions by 27% and my business collapsed at the end of the Brexit Transition Period.
– Roger

I own a recruitment business with 2 offices in Central Scotland. We specialise in transport and distribution, particularly HGV drivers and warehouse staff, and Brexit has been a disaster for us. Dozens of drivers and warehouse staff have left us to return to eastern Europe and we cannot replace them. Brexit has had nothing but negative impacts on our business - an unmitigated disaster.
– Richard

My son has a café/bar in York and before Brexit he had Spanish, Polish, Italians, Portuguese workers working for him and paying UK taxes. Now there is no one from Europe and he struggles like all hospitality to get and retain any staff. Plus, there are always problems with deliveries for stock with suppliers blaming Brexit.
– Malcolm

I run a small public policy consultancy. The company was created in 2012 in London, and it was on a steep growth trajectory in its first 7 years (we went from 1 person in 2012 to 70 people just before covid in 2019). After the referendum in 2016, we asked whether we could risk continuing to invest in our growth in the UK. We decided it was too risky because we didn’t know whether we could trade with Europe, and we didn’t know whether we could continue to find the staff we need in London as most of them were European. We closed our UK company in 2017 as a result of Brexit and moved the whole operation and all staff to Brussels. The move was successful, and we continued to thrive. However, for me personally this came at a huge cost. I am still based in the UK for personal reasons, and I now need to commute. My dream of a company in London was destroyed by Brexit. I have yet to see any upside personally or professionally.
– Pierre

Those of us with dogs can no longer afford to take them with us when we go to the Continent for a few weeks on holiday. And as for people who like to show their dogs across the Channel, at £200 a pop for the papers from their vet, I think most of them just have to give up on the idea
– Joanna

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