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Brexit: Business cannot wait for politicians to reach agreement

“With just ten weeks to go before Brexit day, uncertainty remains the only certainty as we still have no agreement on what Brexit will be.

"We are living through a period of greater political volatility than at any time in the last 40 years, with the UK standing on the threshold of a huge social and economic change but we still do not know exactly what form that could take, how fast it could happen and how big a change it may be.

“The possible outcomes are actually widening not narrowing the nearer we get to Brexit day.

The default remains a ‘No Deal’ Brexit. Unless MPs can agree on something – and the EU agrees too – the UK will leave the EU on March 29.

“We are currently headed straight for this scenario," says Fiona. "A majority of MPs will have to change course to divert us from this destination.”

Business should not wait for the politicians to reach an agreement. By the time this political deadlock breaks, it will be too late to make contingency plans for March 29.  

Fiona Baldwin: “Organisations should make business continuity plans for a No Deal Brexit (as the most immediate and most disruptive scenario). Look for opportunities that this may create; and get match fit, focusing on business basics like cashflow, retaining and attracting talent, sweating your assets to meet customer need, and removing unnecessary costs. 

“That is what we are already working with our clients on and many are now implementing their contingency plans; it’s not too late to start. 

“Above all else, businesses should keep calm, carry on and be ready for change.” 

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