New round of Brexit negotiations

Find pragmatic solutions together

15. July 2018 | Pressemitteilung

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Use the UK government reshuffle for a fresh start of negotiations ++ The chemical industry would be particularly affected by a hard Brexit.

VCI on the upcoming Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU: “After the cabinet resignations in the UK, it now seems that the way is free for a solution-oriented approach in the negotiations." - Photo: © freshidea/stock.adobe.com
VCI on the upcoming Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU: “After the cabinet resignations in the UK, it now seems that the way is free for a solution-oriented approach in the negotiations." - Photo: © freshidea/stock.adobe.com

VCI director-general Utz Tillmann hopes that the government reshuffle in the United Kingdom will bring fresh content in the Brexit negotiations. Tillmann: “After the cabinet resignations, it now seems that the way is free for a solution-oriented approach of Great Britain in the negotiations. Prime Minister May should not feel pressured by the remarks from the US President.” As little time is left until the decisive European Council meeting in October 2018, Tillmann thinks that a fast return to the negotiating table is currently the greatest priority: “Everything possible must be done to reach a negotiation result by October. Industry urgently needs clarity about the future and the certainty that there will be a transitional phase.”

Strong European integration in the chemical industry

An uncontrolled Brexit would have direct and serious consequences for the chemical-pharmaceutical industry, so Tillmann. The VCI director-general emphasizes that the legislation on chemical substances and products has developed highly dynamically over the past 15 years, leading to complex, cross-border value chains in Europe. He explains: “Just like a sudden lack of registra¬tions or approvals of chemical products from the UK, also tariff payments and time-consuming customs procedures at the border could disrupt many value chains of the companies. That would massively impact our customer industries too.” Tillmann once more underlines that politicians need to see to adequate back-up measures, in order to prevent the chaotic situation of an uncontrolled Brexit.


The VCI represents the politico-economic interests of around 1,700 German chemical companies and German subsidiaries of foreign businesses. For this purpose, the VCI is in contact with politicians, public authorities, other industries, science and media.The VCI stands for over 90 percent of the chemical industry in Germany. In 2017 the German chemical industry realised sales of more than 195 billion euros and employed around 453,000 staff.

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