Rutte government’s blue Brexit monster is on the loose

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The Netherlands' blue Brexit monster alongside Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs, February 14, 2019.

Rutte government’s blue Brexit monster is on the loose


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A furry blue monster has entered the lives of Dutch citizens less than six weeks before the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union after the Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Stef Blok tweeted a picture of himself with a cartoon-like character wearing a Brexit T-shirt.

Blok sent the tongue-in-cheek tweet to warn Dutch businesses that “Brexit doesn’t stand, or lie, in your way”m according to reports. Most importantly, Blok wanted to call the attention of Companies to check the official website for more information on what consequences the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will have on their business and whether the companies have adequately prepared for the knock-on effects of the March 29 Brexit deadline.

At the same time, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed his worries over the imminent withdrawal of the UK from the bloc, suggesting that Britain has become a “diminished” country after the referendum.

Rutte also warned that a no-deal Brexit risks “insurmountable” consequences for the British economy.

 

“Every businessman I speak to from the UK is saying they will cut investments, cut their business in the U.K.,” Rutte said.

The Netherlands is likely to be one of the biggest EU losers from a no-deal Brexit, making it difficult even for the country to assess the full impact of the withdrawal as the Dutch have only benefitted from Brexit with many European and multi-national offices that include major companies like Sony and Panasonic,  which have chosen to relocate from the UK to cities in the Netherlands.

“We can’t prevent them from coming here,” Rutte added, in reference to the 42 companies that have already relocated to the Netherlands in the last year due to Brexit, a development that has generated 1,923 jobs and €290 million in investment in the Netherlands.

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