Brake – Galileo satellite job losses would be a “tragic outcome”

Brexit could see highly skilled jobs in the space sector leave the UK with workers facing the choice between moving to another country or being left unemployed in the UK.

The workers are currently employed by Airbus but if that company wins new work on the Galileo satellite the jobs will have to transfer out of the UK if Brexit goes ahead.

    

Commenting, Tom Brake MP, leading supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said:

The loss of these jobs would be a tragic outcome for the skilled and committed staff involved and a severe blow to the UK’s satellite industry.

“Brexit is now starting to cut deep into Britain’s science base and damaging our space and aeronautics industries in particular.

“The UK is one of the world’s biggest aerospace exporters and it would be an economic disaster if we allowed Brexit to destroy that position.

“Nobody voted to make our country poorer or to see skilled jobs destroyed and that is why we must now have a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”

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