McGovern – New industrial strategy barely touches on Brexit elephant-in-the-room

The Government released their new industrial strategy today, entitled Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future. The document itself is 255 pages long, but barely touches on the impact of Brexit at all.

Commenting, Alison McGovern MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“The Government’s new industrial strategy has noble intentions, but unfortunately it barely touches on the elephant in the room: Brexit. 

“We have already seen investment dry up in the car industry and other key sectors. And the aim of boosting productivity and employment opportunities will be holed under the water-line if the country is wrenched out of the Single Market and the Customs Union.

“The single best thing the Government could do for UK industry would be to change course and keep Britain as close to our biggest trade partner as possible. If Brexit continues to damage our economy and put jobs at risk, people should keep an open mind about whether it is the best thing for our country.”

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Notes to Editors

The full industrial strategy can be read here.