British Ceramic Confederation comments on EU referendum result

The British Ceramic Confederation is briefing its members on the impact of the EU referendum result.

Dr Laura Cohen, chief executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, said: “We recognise there will now be considerable political and economic uncertainty for some time.

“We will continue to work to help our members understand the implications for their businesses as issues emerge, and we will represent their interests as legislation and trade responsibility is brought back to the UK over the next few years. 

“Half of UK ceramic sector exports are to the European Union. Our members have also benefited from some recent Free Trade Agreements.

“There are currently EU tariffs on tiles and tableware protecting UK jobs against Chinese dumping, so many UK manufacturers, employing 6,000 people between them and their suppliers are really concerned.

“We need the UK government to work with us urgently to find a way to allay these fears and develop a way forward that supports these UK manufacturing businesses, so allowing investment and growth to continue in this sector.”

The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacture, include tableware and giftware.

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