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Tech giants express mounting concern on impact of no-deal Brexit


The UK chiefs of Microsoft, Facebook and Google have all sought assurances from Government ministers on the impact of a no-deal brexit.

Concern over staff visas, rules on data sharing and UK research and education were shared, with Google’s Ronan Harris querying ministers about any potential impact of Brexit on laws around the transfer of data.

Immigration was also raised by the tech giants as they sought assurances that they will still be able to recruit staff from the EU after Brexit.


Tech chiefs met with Jeremy Wright (Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), Digital Minister Margot James, and Baroness Fairhead CBE (Department for International Trade).

Facebook’s UK head Nicola Mendelsohn and Cindy Rose, the chief executive of Microsoft UK were also in attendance.

Last year, a Microsoft executive warned data centres could be moved overseas if the UK introduces import tariffs as part of the Brexit process.



The talks come just days before the Chancellor's Budget, where a new digital tax on the technology giants is likely to be announced.

The meeting forms part of the government’s Digital Economy Council, which also includes representatives of Apple and Amazon but whom were not in attendance on Wednesday.


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