The engineering equipment manufacturers’ taskforce - EURIS (of which GAMBICA is one of the founder members) - believes that a 5 year transition period for the full implementation of Brexit is necessary to minimise economic disruption to UK manufacturing companies as they adjust to life outside the EU. This extended period beyond March 2019, would allow industry to develop new relationships and solutions with respect to the comprehensive and complex nature of European legislation and related standards. It is understood that such a transition period would need to be agreed as part of the negotiations, but EURIS encourages all parties to work towards this end.
Without such a transition period, UK Government risks a situation where failure to reach an agreement would result in barriers to trade for UK companies that import from or export to the EU.
EURIS manufacturers maintain that the structure of the single market and customs union should remain intact, allowing businesses to operate in the current efficient and seamless manner. In addition, the status of EU nationals employed in the UK should be guaranteed in order to provide certainty and continuity of skilled labour.
EURIS has a membership consisting; BEAMA, GAMBICA, EAMA, REA, CESA, FETA, covering some 2500 companies across electrotechncial, electronics, renewables and mechanical engineering products. It has a focus on product manufacturers covered by the Single Market and all the supporting regulations. The member associations have extensive relationships with equivalent European trade bodies, and parts of the European Commission. The Taskforce produces position papers relating to the Brexit process relevant to the manufacturing section. It is also an advisory body for the potential impacts of the changing relationship between the UK and EU for the UK Government, press and manufacturers.
EURIS issues a weekly economic report to its members based on a tracked set of macro market indicators ranging from international trade and the general economy through to productivity costs and price indices.
Chairman: Dr Howard Porter
Vice Chairman: Steve Brambley
Link to papers: http://www.beama.org.uk/euris.html