Government's Brexit extension 'utterly unacceptable' for UK automotive

AM-online | April 11, 2019

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has expressed concerns that the Government’s six month Brexit extension has extended the current period of uncertainty for the automotive sector. European Union leaders granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit following five hours of talks in Brussels overnight, extending the deadline to October 31 and averting the prospect of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal tomorrow (April 12). The BBC reported that European Council president, Donald Tusk, had said his "message to British friends" was "please do not waste this time". But SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes, said today that it was “utterly unacceptable that, more than two years since negotiations started, industry still does not know what the UK’s relationship with the EU will be in the coming weeks and months”.

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If you have been working in IT for only 10 years or so, you might not recall the challenges earlier practitioners faced trying to advocate for the tools, staff, education, and budget they needed to protect their agency against cybersecurity threats. Today, you can’t open a major newspaper or a technical magazine without seeing an article on the latest cyber risk, or hack, or breach, much-involving government.

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