Re: gimme gimme gimme
I’m talking about policy stability. Here in the UK we’ve always had a bit less policy stability due to the political system. One lot comes in, spends a few years tearing up what the previous lot had created and develops its own policies. This is followed by another lot who subsequently tears up what the predecessor had built etc. etc. The Brexit process that we'll be in for the next ten years or so has only amplified that.
In coalition based political systems that are common on the Continent it’s rare for a new coalition not to feature members of the previous governments. In Germany it’s even rare to have a government without the CDU. This makes for much more gradual shifts. Even in winner-takes-all presidential systems such as France the policy shifts are always gradual. You’d need to be a serious Élysée-watcher to notice the difference in policy between Sarkozy, Hollande and Macron when looking from abroad.
And, honestly, out of the three countries my client is looking at, you don’t seriously think that either Luxembourg, Germany or the Netherlands is suddenly going to leave REACH, or the European electricity market, or the EU carbon trading system, or the European labour market, or the European Internal Market do you? Otherwise I have a bridge to sell you.
Anyway, my client has made the decision to leave the UK, the shareholders are on board and I expect to hear which country they have chosen some time in the next two weeks. Even if the UK government would be able to give a solid guarantee that no environmental and chemical regulation will change over the next ten years (which they can't) it's already too late.