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VCI President Dekkers on Brexit

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Marijn Dekkers, President of the German chemical industry association Verband der Chemischen Industrie e.V. (VCI), has released his views on the outcome of the EU referendum in Great Britain.

"The German chemical industry has always been committed to the political and economic unity of the EU. For this reason, I very much deplore that the British voters decided to leave the EU. Especially now, at a time of timid economy recovery in Europe, their leaving the EU is a negative signal for the further economic development. Less economic growth in the EU Member States and weaker export business will be the consequences. But the political damage weighs just as heavily. After the differences about the refugee policy, the referendum in Great Britain is the second setback this year for the historic project of European unification. We all need a Europe which is politicially unified and economically strong."

The VCI represents the politico-economic interests of over 1650 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% of the chemical industry in Germany. In 2015 the German chemical industry realised sales of around €189 billion and employed over 446 000 staff.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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