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Why Brexit will devastate UK manufacturers

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On 3 Mar 2018 at 5:36pm Milton wrote:
I know very little about the workings of the common agricultural policy, fishing waters, Erasmus, Euratom and 1,000 other things. I do know more than almost every politician and media writer about business, and specifically manufacturing and exporting. Because I know the facts, not the headlines, I have known since long before June 2016, that if vote leave won, our business would be finished. It is not just our business, but many more in manufacturing and its supply chains, working class jobs, factory jobs, office jobs, technical jobs from servicing machinery to programming robots and more. While you read consider the industrial units found in every UK town, and often village, along with the huge car plants in our cities.Our business, which I shall call RIP, produces specialist sports products, following an idea my partner had many years ago. It started small, with 3 product lines produced by a nearby factory. Every penny made was reinvested and we grew and grew, taking export opportunities as they arose from day one. We now have an industrial unit with a £200k mortgage, produce all our own products, 10 staff, £800k turnover, £500k exports, three quarters of which are to the EU, annual profit £10-£70k, typical tax paid per year: £18k business rates, £48k PAYE, £38K VAT, £10K corporation tax. I think thatís quite a good contribution to the economy for a girl who left school on her 16th birthday, and a guy who was thrown out long before. We are not heroes, just a tiny, solid, part of the British economy. We try to be good employers, 16-year-old apprentices start on £5.50 with paid formal training, and the average pay on the production team is over £10 hour after 6 months Ė keep in mind this is low skilled work, and we are a small business. It has been a great privilege to give opportunities to people, who have ability but have never had a chance before.
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 5:51pm Billy Bull wrote:
Everyone who knows anything about the country or is patriotic knows Brexit is catastrophically bad, and the only people who think otherwise use opinion instead of fact and then claim their right to an opinion overrules what is objectively best for the country. Unfortunately we are all being dragged downward by the alignment of the too comfortably off to care with the too ignorant to know what they've voted for.
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 6:04pm Sensible wrote:
As believable as a fairy-tale The post purports to be by a British person who appears to have no stomach for the fight: and, frankly, who writes about an unstable business that's only scraped by because of Britain's illegitimate sell-out to European interests. Even if a business or a family endures multiple generations of income reduction, the freedom to do business the British way is worth far, far more than that. Our standards and efficiency of production, pre-1973, were far higher than foreigners' standards were. Business managed its own affairs very well, especially when the Conservative Party was in power, which was the majority of the time. And what's preventing the poster from relocating somewhere foreign, if they like being on the receiving end of Eurocratic socialist cultists as much as they say they do?
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 6:33pm Pete wrote:
@Milton, are you local? Lewes? Newhaven?
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 6:33pm Fearful wrote:
I am seriously fearful for our future.
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 7:06pm Worried wrote:
I worry. I'm a worrier. I think BREXIT is frightening and it will be the end of the UK as we know it. I'm worried that my children won't be able to get a job. I'm worried that I will lose my job. I'm worried that the cost of food will go up to level that I can't afford. I worry that I will lose my house and it is all because the selfish conservators decided to take us out of Europe.
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 7:26pm endoftheouse wrote:
We will be having Independence not a Brexit. Roll on tomorrow when Italy will vote against the influx of vermin flooding into their country.
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 7:35pm #NOTORACISM wrote:
Admin are you going to let the vile comment above stay there?
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 8:16pm Border Control wrote:
Pretty short sighted just supplying the EU then Milton, all your eggs in one basket eh ? Now you'll have the whole world to supply. You have to ask yourself would it be a great move to join the EU currently, when it's in such turmoil ? It's not reported much here, for obvious reason, known to the Remoaners.
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On 3 Mar 2018 at 9:37pm Clifford wrote:
Milton, were you worried about the over-valued pound under Thatcher that helped to destroy British manufacturing industry in the 1980s in the interests of the financial sector? Did you write and complain about that? Why do you think the City and the banks are so determined we should remain in the EU?

'Itís said that Thatcher restructured the economy and made British capitalism competitive. She didnít restructure anything. Restructuring would have required a plan, which was anathema to her. Instead, she simply destroyed. Between 1980 and 1983, capacity in British industry fell by 24 percent. Unemployment shot up, eventually topping 3 million. Thatcher effectively shut down British manufacturing, much of it forever. In its place, she turned to the banks and the City, making their wildest dreams come true with the financial ĎBig Bangí. We know how that ended.'

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On 3 Mar 2018 at 11:33pm clifford wrote:
Mrs Milton you are a just a bot for Goldman Sachs and their friends.We know who is pulling your strings and who is trying to destroy us and our culture. Google the Kalergi plan.
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On 4 Mar 2018 at 7:26am Englishman wrote:
@Worried- The most likely way you will lose your house is if the country is stupid enough to vote in a socialist government led by Corbyn.
Don't let that happen.
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On 4 Mar 2018 at 7:34am Scotsman wrote:
C U sassenachs
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On 4 Mar 2018 at 7:35am Irishman wrote:
Feck
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On 4 Mar 2018 at 7:36am Welshman wrote:
Yaki da
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On 4 Mar 2018 at 7:36am Earl of Lewess wrote:
What's sad is that we were given a referendum that offered us a choice between a rock and a hard place. Most people would probably prefer to remain in a reformed EU that was closer to the economic community we joined in 1973. I wonder how many people would have voted to leave if they'd realised that our negotiations were going to be conducted by one of the most useless UK governments in history.
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On 4 Mar 2018 at 10:58am Mark wrote:
My father used to say that any referendum is just a pooling of ignorance.
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On 4 Mar 2018 at 11:04am Mark wrote:
And that's very true Earl of Lewess... Memories of David Cameron travelling over to renegotiate. The exciting media stories about how he was negotiating SO hard that he had to change his shirt 4 times in a day. And then he returned with absolutely nothing.
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On 4 Mar 2018 at 12:35pm Stonemam wrote:
we want them forienotgners out NOW
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On 4 Mar 2018 at 6:29pm Mavis wrote:
Mark Twain said that "If voting made a difference, they wouldn't let us do it. " Probably right !!


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