Poland attracted up to 40,000 jobs from London after Brexit vote: deputy PM
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Polish Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that the government has attracted 35-40,000 jobs away from London to Poland following the UK’s vote in 2016 to leave the EU.
Mateusz Morawiecki. Photo: PAP/Leszek Szymański
Morawiecki said: “In June last year there was Brexit and there were many doubts over whether or not we would be able to encourage certain investors to invest [in Poland].
“Today I can reply to this that after my six or seven trips to London and several by my colleagues from the government, we have achieved great success. We have attracted 35-40,000 jobs to many [Polish] towns.”
Morawiecki mentioned several examples, including banks and financial service providers such as HSBC, Credit Suisse and UBS moving more functions to Poland, Rolls-Royce investing in Ropczyce, south-eastern Poland, and Mercedes investing in Jawor, south-western Poland.
The Deputy Prime Minister added that these are primarily highly skilled jobs, including project management, data management, risk management and supply chain management.
He added: “We are drawing jobs away from London towards [Poland], so that people can stay here, and our programs are helping emigration [from Poland] to fall to record lows.”
The UK voted to leave the European Union in a referendum in June 2016. The British government is now expected to invoke Article 50, which will begin the formal process of leaving the European Union.
The future status of European Union citizens residing in the UK remains unclear.