As Article 50 is triggered, Brexit is at the top of the news agenda, and David Ashcroft, senior legal counsel with Harrison Clark Rickerbys, joined a Hereford panel to discuss the implications for business beforehand.
David, whose business and legal expertise is currently focused on the county’s defence and security sector, joined the panel consisting of:
- Mike Ashton, CEO of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
- Debbie Gittoes, MD of Arctic Circle
- Patrick Wrixon, regional chair of the NFU
- Linda Smith, regional director for the Department for International Trade and
- Mike Goodall, business development director for the Federation of Small Businesses.
The event, organised by the Hereford Business Solutions Centre and held at their Rotherwas base, gave businesses the chance to explore the key issues for them arising from the economic, legal, regulatory and financial changes to come.
David said: “The stark fact is that our legal framework will change a great deal over the next two years, and indeed well beyond, although the laws which applied yesterday, before Article 50 was triggered will still apply tomorrow.
“Legal and regulatory change will come as the Government works through the details of what the UK wants to retain or reject of existing European legislation affecting this country; this will touch upon employment, rights of entry into the UK, financial support for areas or sectors, health and safety and human rights, to name only a few.
“Business in Herefordshire needs to be ready to adapt; the agricultural sector is already looking at the implications of immigration control changes and all firms which trade with other EU countries will be keeping a very close eye on tariff decisions. We need to be flexible, ready to make changes and quick to see which way the market is moving.”