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Editor: Jonathan Severn
6th July 2016

Machine builders in the UK are wondering how the Brexit vote will affect their businesses, whether they export to Europe or further afield, or just serve customers within the UK. Overseas firms exporting to the UK are similarly concerned. However, it seems likely that nothing will change for at least the next two years.

CE marking under the Machinery Directive will continue unaltered for now, and the development process for standards will be the same.

However, as the UK's exit from the EU is negotiated over the next two years, we shall find out what form the UK's trading relationships with Europe and the rest of the world will take. If there are any changes that will affect readers of, we will keep you updated.


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Jonathan Severn

Andrew Turner
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Telephone: +44 (0) 1483 560314


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