We don’t need EU deal, says Dyson
BRITAIN should make a “clean break” from the EU and abandon attempts to thrash out a transitional deal, according to Sir James Dyson.
The vacuum cleaner entrepreneur said it was “quite wrong” to call the EU a “single market”, saying companies operating across Europe already face different languages and laws. He claimed the EU was “actually a very highly complex and broken up market” and that Britain should instead focus on other fast-growing markets.
Speaking to the BBC as the first students began studying at Dyson’s own engineering and technology “university” at the company’s Wiltshire headquarters, Sir James called for Britain to move straight to a trade tariff system. “Europe is a declining part of world trade. The fastest growing sector is in the Far East, China … That’s where the opportunities are – not Europe,” he said.
Earlier this year the company, which makes its products in the Far East, acquired a former RAF airbase in Wiltshire to help it expand.
Sir James said owning the site raised the possibility of the firm – which has annual sales of £1.7bn and profits of £450m – restarting production in the UK.