A recent poll conducted by Technology Scotland reveals that the announcement of a 12-point Brexit Plan by the UK Government has done little to improve the confidence of businesses within Scotland’s Enabling Technologies Sector.
Results show that while 21% of respondents feel ‘more confident’ after the announcement, a further 15% are ‘less confident’ with 55% remaining ‘not at all confident’. Furthermore, only 15% of respondents say they have any trust that the UK Government can deliver on the plan.
In addition, three-quarters of respondents believe the Scottish Economy will be weaker post Brexit with only 15% backing a stronger economy after breaking from the EU.
Other key areas of concern highlighted by this poll were lack of access to the EU’s free trade market, weakening of worker’s rights and access to collaborative R&D.
With the overwhelming Parliamentary support for Article 50, and exit negotiations likely to begin from March, it is more important than ever that the thoughts and concerns of our industry are communicated to those responsible for negotiating the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU. Technology Scotland will, along with partner organisations, ensure that these concerns are heard.