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Northern Powerhouse Conference: Manufacturing needs to deal with ‘Brexit uncertainty’

The North’s manufacturing industry must learn to deal with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, according to the commercial director of British Steel.

Peter Hogg said leaving the EU means opportunities for the sector but admits it also creates a number of complexities which must be addressed.

Hogg, who was speaking during a panel debate at the UK Northern Powerhouse International Exhibition & Conference in Manchester, said: “As an exporter the weak pound creates opportunities but the dilemma we’ve got at the moment is about uncertainty.

“We as an industry need to learn to deal with this uncertainty. We won’t know for two or three years exactly what flavour of Brexit we’re going get when it comes to the details around customs, regulations and standards.

“Businesses that focus on dealing with Brexit will deal with it – one’s that want to see it as a problem – probably will get a problem.”

Mark Parsons, chief customer officer at DHL Supply Chain, who chaired the debate, added: “There is a desire from within the industry to just get on with it [Brexit].”