Brexit Negotiation

UK workers ‘not confident’ of govt’s ability

26 December, 2016 12:00 AM printer

Employees in the UK are not confident in the Government’s ability to negotiate a good deal for Britain after it leaves the EU, a survey has found.
Six months after the UK voted for Brexit, recruitment firm Glassdoor, which regularly assesses employee sentiment around jobs and workplace issues, revealed confidence levels are waning as the uncertainty surrounding the negotiations continues, reports The

The survey found that only 29 per cent – fewer than one in three workers – of the 2,028 people surveyed said that they were confident in the Government’s ability to negotiate a good deal once Article 50 is triggered.

Confidence is particularly low in regions with the biggest votes to leave, including the Midlands and North East.

More than one in four Londoners would consider leaving the UK to work in another European country after the process of leaving the EU is completed, compared with one in seven across the country.

However, over half of those surveyed belive the UK’s vote to leave the bloc won’t have any impact on their individual jobs.

Diarmuid Russell, Glassdoor’s head of international, said: “Although we’re in a state of pre-Brexit purgatory in terms of business impact, it’s clear that six months on those regions which backed Brexit now have little confidence that the UK will get a good deal.

“It’ll be interesting to see how these figures change once we enter formal negotiations, and the clock is ticking.”

A separate survey from market research company GfK found that consumers are downbeat about the economy’s prospects next year, when higher inflation is likely to erode their spending power, despite signs that growth has remained robust since June’s Brexit vote.