A few months on from what could yet prove to be the singular most cataclysmic moment in British politics, we are still unclear on how or when Brexit will actually happen, and if it will actually carry any meaningful change if it does. Prime Minister Theresa May is being purposefully vague about the whole affair, and patience with this tactic is wearing thin, not only in Europe but beyond.
Japan has taken the bold step of detailing what Japanese business needs from Britain’s exit negotiations if the country is to maintain a strong business presence on UK shores. Currently, EU law is a major driving force behind Japanese investment and if the UK cannot guarantee free movement of workers and safeguard workers’ rights like the EU does, Japanese businesses might withdraw from the UK. Keep in mind, this is only going to be the beginning. Other countries will almost certainly chase specifics that so far, haven’t surfaced.
It should be pretty obvious that letting uncertainty linger is a bad thing. It’s going to get worse the longer this drags on.
The Brexit camp has already gone back on commitments over the NHS, and now it seems to me that our agreements with other countries are going to depend upon maintaining many of the policies that the EU instigated. These systems have ensured security for businesses and workers and without assurances of these or similar measures being in place, Britain will lose business.