Quat-Chem participate in Chemicals Northwest’s Brexit meeting

October 7th 2016

Quat-Chem participate in Chemicals Northwest’s Brexit meeting

With the increasing speculation surrounding a post Brexit Britain, many organisations are now starting discussions and initialising practical strategies in preparation for the next steps of Brexit. On the 5th October Chemicals Northwest hosted their first discussion group to share ideas, concerns and queries in what is likely be a continuing dialogue over the next few years. Andrew R. Bourne, Quat-Chem Ltd’s Chemical Compliance Officer attended on behalf of the Company.

EU-Brexit-chemical-industry A wide variety of topics were discussed including issues surrounding trade, skills and regulation with a view to creating a solid lobbying platform for the chemicals industry in the Northwest of England, feeding into the UK wide platform.

There was strong support for post Brexit retention of regulations regarding worker, consumer, and environmental protection, put in place by the European Union. The discussion group explored the idea of government decision-making on specific EU chemical regulations that need to be maintained post Brexit, and whether UK-based firms will be allowed to retain REACH, BPR and CLP representation in Europe. Quat-Chem Ltd. believe that the government must show strong leadership and support for UK based Small and Medium sized Enterprises who are already faced with a disproportionate regulatory burden, and may have additional requirements placed upon them post Brexit.

The ongoing status of investment and assistance currently provided by the EU to the chemicals industry must also be clarified by the government, and Quat-Chem Ltd. eagerly awaits clarification on this matter.

Quat-Chem Ltd. strongly supports provision of opportunities to develop people in its locality. However, the Company urges the government to provide allowances for skilled and unskilled labour in the chemicals sector from across the EU.

Quat-Chem Ltd. is looking forward to playing a part in these discussions in the coming months and welcomes any dialog with government and the chemicals industry over these concerns.

“We would also encourage our customers to get in touch if they have any queries about the Company in relation to Britain’s exit from the EU. While we may not yet have all of the answers, we anticipate no immediate changes to the business consequent to Brexit” explains Andrew Bourne.

The process of the UK’s political and financial withdrawal is expected to take place gradually in the two years from the government invoking Article 50 at the end of March 2017. During this time, the government is expected to renegotiate deals and agree terms with the EU.

“We are confident that the UK will maintain strong links with EU member states, and the exit will enable the UK to diversify its trade links with the wider world. The UK’s exit from the EU will not impact the way Quat-Chem conducts its business in its domestic and export markets. We remain committed to supporting our customers and distribution partners, and continue to supply quality, innovative products” concludes Andrew. 

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