Next CEO says no-deal Brexit would not spark chaos

James Marshall
August 13, 2019

Next boss Lord Simon Wolfson has said that no-deal contingency planning by Boris Johnson's government means the United Kingdom will not suffer disorder and chaos if it fails to secure a Brexit deal with the EU. I think the encouraging thing is that we are rapidly moving from the disorder and chaos camp to the well-prepared camp. "We've got every indication that they are now taking that seriously".

He told the BBC any deal struck by Johnson with the European Union was likely to be last minute.

Wolfson said he much preferred a deal to no-deal. "In the vast majority of deals I've done, if the deadline is midnight, the deal gets done at 11.55, but we need to have nerves of steel and prepare ourselves for either outcome", he said.

Though British ports could wave all goods through, Wolfson conceded that the United Kingdom government had little influence on what would happen at continental ports.

Mr Johnson said in a statement: 'I want the UK to continue to be a global science superpower, and when we leave the European Union we will support science and research and ensure that, far from losing out, the scientific community has a huge opportunity to develop and export our innovation around the world.', Metro UK reported.

However, he admitted that there was a risk that smaller companies that had not prepared for Brexit could cause major knock-on problems for. If that was the case, we would need to get them out of the way - sending them back to the European Union empty if necessary.

"There was a wilful attempt to not prepare". If you can get those right the United Kingdom can both cope with no deal and in so doing, increase the chances of getting one.

His position is at odds with stark warnings from most business groups and some former cabinet ministers, including the former chancellor Philip Hammond, who have warned of the dire consequences of a no-deal scenario. Boris Johnson, who led the campaign to leave the European Union, has advocated an Australian-style, points-based immigration system to give the government more control to attract talent needed to fill gaps in the workforce. But he also argues the government is now doing its job - the rest is down to them.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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