Both Sides of Brexit Can Finally Agree: It’s a Joke

Updated: Nov 15, 2021


Illustration: Camilla Perkins

We’ve been following companies on the front lines of Brexit since the 2016 referendum. CEOs on both sides are dismayed.

Here is how the companies Bloomberg is following through the Brexit process describe the divorce: “omnishambles,” “farcical” and “a joke.” And that includes the company whose chief favors leaving the European Union.

“There are no heroes here,” said Alasdair Pettigrew, the chief executive of Boxarr Ltd., a Bristol-based startup that designs software for complex engineering and manufacturing projects. He thinks Brexit is misguided. “Everyone involved seems to be out for their own power and their own self-aggrandisement.”