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Manual workers most 'at risk' from Brexit

Men with fewer qualifications working in manual industries are more likely to be negatively affected by Brexit and new trade restrictions.

Factory workers face consequences of hard Brexit

New figures from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) suggest that workers in factories that rely on EU trade are particularly at risk.

44% of UK exports are to the EU, and more than half of imports come from the European Union.

Men working in car manufacturing, clothing, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals factories are at the greatest risk of redundancy or underemployment, particularly if they have qualifications below GCSE level.

More than three and a half million people in the UK work in industries that the IFS considers ‘highly exposed’ to the consequences of Brexit. About 500,000 people work in ‘very highly exposed’ industries such as car manufacturing.

Workers in these areas would also find it more difficult to move into ‘less exposed’ areas of the economy, as a result of their lower qualifications.

Various studies have shown that voters from these industries, with lower qualifications, were significantly more likely to support a British exit from the European Union.

The government still states that it hopes to achieve ‘frictionless’ trade between the UK and the EU.

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