Letter to LF MP - Brexit Nightmare, Jan 2021 V2


South East Cambridgeshire Labour

Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk St

Cambridge CB1 2LD

01223 563183



Dear Lucy Frazer

24 January 2021

I was alarmed to read an article in today’s Observer newspaper entitled “A Brexit nightmare: the

British businesses being pushed to breaking point”. The report relates how British companies are

being advised by a Government Department to relocate to the EU. This is to avoid red tape and tax


One of the examples quoted is from a company in our South East Cambridgeshire constituency. It

tells of how the Managing Director of Horizon Retail Marketing Solutions, based in Ely, contacted

you for help. He says you put him in touch with a Civil Servant who then referred him on to a

Senior Trade Adviser. The Adviser said he could see no option but for the company to set up


Horizon is now opening a new office in the Netherlands. This means they will be recruiting staff in

the EU at the cost of British jobs. And this is not a lone example.

This does not sound like the Britain that the Prime Minister spoke of, in which our businesses are

free to trade as they wish.

I am proud of this area being fertile ground for entrepreneurs and new business ventures. So, I’m

very worried that local businesses are already reporting that it’s so difficult to trade effectively.

Businesses need help, not more hurdles. Yet it seems they are faced with the costs of new red

tape and the problems caused by the Government’s failure to plan for the customs burdens.

I’m therefore writing to you as a matter of urgency to ask whether you support the advice being

given by the Department for International Trade to set up EU based companies? What action will

you and the Government be taking to get a grip on this before jobs are lost and our economy

suffers even more?

I look forward to your early reply.

Yours Sincerely

James Bull

Small Business Spokesperson, South East Cambridgeshire Labour

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