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Brexit risks making UK "isolated digital island"

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Brexit risks making UK "isolated digital island"

Firstly, the UK leaving the EU would change the power dynamics within Europe, pointed out James Waterworth, European vice president at the Computer and Communications Industry Association: the continent is roughly split into a northern bloc, which favours open markets, and a southern group that has a more prescriptive approach to policy. If the northern markets would lose the UK from their ranks, it could change the balance in the favour of the south.

Another source said that on issues such as online platforms, France and Germany might adapt a more protectionist approach if the UK left the discussions.

Moreover, some interviewees said that the digital sector is by nature cross-border and relies on scale, which would seem to favour the single market approach within the EU. "The UK is pro-innovation and often the voice of reason on these debates. It is an ally to the commission in its efforts to dynamise the economy and the digital single market is a big part of that,” said Paul Meller, communications director at Digital Europe.

Another source in the telecom industry said that as tech companies emphasise scale and rely on access to big markets, Brexit would damage UK's tech sector, risking it becoming an "isolated digital island".

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Teemu Henriksson

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2016-06-23 11:27

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