Three year Brexit transitional deal necessary, says KPMG

3 year Brexit transitional deal necessary, says KPMG

“If UK plc is going make a success of Brexit, it is going to need enough runway for a safe take-off”, says Karen Briggs, KPMG's Head of Brexit.


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Commenting on the need for a Brexit transitional arrangement Karen Briggs, Head of Brexit at KPMG said:

“To safeguard the British economy a transitional deal of at least three years is not just desirable but necessary.  We also face the prospect of a raft of companies pressing the button on their relocation plans if a transition plan isn’t in place by Christmas.

“Brexit is the biggest and most complex demerger in modern history so it will take time.  This is not about trying to stall Brexit.  It’s a matter of avoiding a chaotic exit that will damage the UK economy.  

“Industries including aviation, life sciences, automotive, chemicals, and financial services have all invested in pan-European business models. A sudden exit on 29 March 2019 would rip apart the thousands of bonds that bind the UK and Europe together, rather than carefully unstitching them. Take for example financial services - with the best will in the world, issues like authorisation and portfolio transfer take a period of time to do properly. It is not as simple as renting out a building and moving people.“

“You then have the challenge that every big exporter will need an automated system for trading goods with the EU. Resolving this technical challenge cannot be done overnight.  Without the right infrastructure, we could see thousands of lorries being held up - already a frequent occurrence at the Turkey/Bulgarian border.

“If UK plc is going make a success of Brexit, it is going to need enough runway for a safe take-off.”



Notes to editor:

For further information please contact:

Paul Middleton, KPMG Corporate Communications
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M: +44 (0) 738 725 7543

KPMG Press Office
T: +44 (0) 207 694 8773


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