white exec wrote: ↑
19 Feb 2019, 18:04
Brexit may not be the prime reason, but is certainly a major aggravating factor in a climate of reduced global demand.
The cost of shipping parts across continents is already high, and so added logistical and fiscal complications are enough to call the operation into question.
Nail -------> Head
Bre... is made out to be the cause of all ills, but in so many cases it's just the final nail in the coffin.
"Honda are primarily interested in their own long term survival - and this might not be a future we would recognise."
This is pretty prescient stuff.
It would be helpful if the UK government had some long-term plans for the country's future, but there is little sign of it.
Whilst it would seem common sense to have long term plans, I'm not actually sure it's possible - at least not for any REALLY useful ends.
Governments can guess where trade and industry will be in 10 years time, but it only needs a few more Trumps in this world to screw their plans. Add in the odd financial crisis, some fresh Wikileaks, maybe the odd pandemic here and there (Plague V2.0, anyone ?
), perhaps an extra war or two, Putin scoring his 14th term in office, and the best laid plans of mice and men.......
The 'sensible' approach would be to maintain flexibilty i.e. not rely on any one industry or commercial activity or any one trading region. All they have to do is construct UK Business PLC to fit that plan. Shouldn't be too difficult