MEP seeks ‘urgent’ review of Brexit impact for Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 14:19 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:41 09 January 2018

MEP Alex Mayer

MEP Alex Mayer

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Labour’s MEP for the East of England has said the government “urgently” needs to publish an assessment of how Brexit will impact Hertfordshire.

MEP Alex Mayer said a recent study by the University of Birmingham revealed that Hertfordshire could take a hit of up to 11.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) following a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

“People and businesses in every part of our country need to know that the government is making decisions on the future with them in mind,” she said.

“Given what people from the manufacturing, the life sciences sector, universities and farming are saying, I suspect the government are afraid of what such a report might say.

“But that is no excuse, Hertfordshire people and businesses have a right to know what government decisions will mean for their jobs, their livelihoods and their futures.”

However, Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce chairman Nick Brown dismissed the statistic, adding any claims of definite outcomes in Hertfordshire are unfounded without solid supporting figures.

He continued: “What we do know is that if we were to move to WTO [World Trade Organization] rules the cost of the tariffs would be significantly less than the amounts we pay the EU, which brings us onto trade.

“It would seem common sense that trading with Europe and the rest of the world would produce more income than Europe alone.

“The reality is that trade continues anyway, but we really don’t need the EU telling us with whom we can and who we cannot do trade deals.”

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