How are we doing? The impact of Brexit at industry level looks at how the economy as a whole, and individual industrial sectors, have performed in the year since the EU referendum. And it sets out actions needed by the government to strengthen the economy ahead of Brexit, and to negotiate a successful deal that puts workers and jobs first.
Many of the UK’s economic problems predate the EU referendum, for example low productivity growth, and weaker GDP growth than the long-term UK trend. But the report finds that since the EU referendum there has been a further weakening of the UK’s economic position:
The report also identifies the industries that face the greatest risks from Brexit. Around 2.5 million jobs depend directly on trade with EU states. Of these, 1.5 million are concentrated in business administration, professional and technical services, manufacturing, and finance (page 26).
The report says that government action is needed now and in the autumn budget to strengthen the economy in preparation for Brexit. This should include (page 33):
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Our test for a successful Brexit is whether working people are better off. Throughout Brexit, the government must protect jobs, and deliver stronger growth that reaches workers’ pockets through higher pay.
“Successful Brexit negotiations are essential, but not enough. We have to deal with Britain’s long-standing problems like low productivity and weak public investment.
“But with just 18 months to go before we leave, the economy is growing weaker. And Britain is simply not investing enough in the infrastructure we need to compete with the world’s strongest economies.
“The Chancellor must take action in the budget to boost public investment. This would help restore business confidence and get firms investing more too. And ministers must set out a modern industrial strategy that gives workers more say to help boost productivity.”
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