Brexit: Let’s get on with it

As an entrepreneur, embracing risk is part and parcel of our everyday. We assess it, consider it, take a view and move on. I voted to leave the EU in June 2016, a decision I still stand by today. I was confident then it was the right decision for our country and I still am today. The indecision and unwillingness to engage in moving things to a conclusion have however created their own unique set of problems.

The important thing about making a difficult decision is to make it and then get on with it. Sadly, this has not been the case with Brexit. The will it/wont it/maybe-we-should-pause-it talks and calls for another referendum are a constant niggle in the news and ultimately is wasting time. We can’t change the vote — however right (or wrong) it might have been and the constant stalling of progress in the Brexit negotiations has a suppressive effect on the economy and the investment and business planning decisions that drive it forward.

We live in a nation full of tenacious business owners, entrepreneurs and go-getters who want to get on and innovate, push boundaries and grow our economy. In order to do this, they need to know the rules of the game. To make these decisions, they must be able to clearly assess risk. The current situation with dithering and indecision does not allow this. Whatever your views and opinions on Brexit the most important thing now is getting past March 2019, getting a clear view of the new rule book and allowing the people who know how to do it best to propel our economy forwards.

The clear and present danger is the delay or postponement to Brexit and the uncertainty and ambivalence that would bring. It is almost certain that the outcome of Brexit will be a dull fudge, somewhere in the centre ground of everyone’s position, so let’s get on with it.

Dominic Philcox