Brexit means UK jobs moving to Germany

downloadLast week it was announced that Rolls Royce, Derby’s largest private sector employer, is moving some jobs to Germany. The Derbyshire Telegraph reports that:

Engines designed and built by the firm, which has its civil aerospace division in Sinfin, have to be signed off by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). There is uncertainty as to how this aircraft safety and design approval process would work when the UK leaves the European Union… The firm’s design approval work is therefore being moved to Dahlewitz, close to Berlin in Germany.

This is the reality of a harmonised Europe. Ardent Leavers will tell you that there is an ever increasing infliction of red tape, but actually having a single set of laws allows businesses to easily meet standards and operate across borders. Continue reading Brexit means UK jobs moving to Germany

No, the EU does not fund companies to move jobs out of the UK

UPDATE 16 December 2018
I never expected this post to be so popular, but clearly there is a need to continually refute cut-and-paste lists of nonsense. I’ve recently discovered that the list in question has made a reappearance, and I’m going to update this post if necessary. If you have some information that I could add to the list, or something nice to say, please put in the comments. However I will not approve any other comments, this is not a discussion forum.

A handy refutation to that cut-and-paste list that is doing the rounds. I’ve given sources where I can, but for some of these it’s just such a blatant lie that there’s no source possible. If you can provide any more information than I have here, please comment!

Cadbury moved factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant.

Cadbury was bought by Kraft, which is American. Kraft shafted Cadbury. The EU had nothing to do with it.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cadbury-closes-british-factory-to-move-101746
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I love the EU because it makes it cheap to protect our intellectual property

Let’s say you’re the boss of MegaWidget. It’s a small company but you’ve put a lot of effort into your product, and it’s the most innovative widget on the market. You know that in order to stop people simply copying your widget, you have to protect it with intellectual property rights.
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I love the EU because it cuts red tape to help businesses trade in Europe

Let’s say you’re a manufacturer of widgets. You’ve got a nice profitable market in the UK and you think you could shift some in China too. So you look into selling in China. First off, the Chinese have different safety regulations from the UK, and also your widget isn’t quite compatible with the products currently sold in China, so you have to do some redesigning. Then you have to test to some safety standards you’ve never heard of, which you have to pay someone in China to do because nobody in the UK understands them.
Continue reading I love the EU because it cuts red tape to help businesses trade in Europe