“Well, Palmer, what are we going to do about our Ipcress File on the post Brexit brain and investment drain?” “Talk to Shite Hawk and the Oven Ready Bird, Sir?” “That’s no way to talk about the PM and Lord Frost, Palmer.”

The Ipcress File wherein Harry Palmer liaised with agents codenamed Bluejay and Housemartin for the return of a kidnapped British scientist, Dr Radcliffe

The UK outside of the Single Market is clearly not an attractive location within which to site Vodafone’s new European Research and Development facility (see below).

Much is made of the end of Freedom of Movement making it harder to import labour into the UK whether we are talking about an HGV driver or a veterinarian.

The same difficulty arises with assembling teams, drawn from across Europe, for research and development.

“A fast-track visa route for Nobel prize laureates and other award-winners in science, engineering, the humanities and medicine has failed to attract any applicants.”

UK visa scheme for prize-winning scientists receives no applications

Why would, for example, a hi-tech company locate themselves in the UK and restrict themselves to the talent pool of a single country when in the Single Market they may trawl a sea of 31 countries?

And if you are a talented individual in the UK looking for a job in research then the opportunities are going to be greater and more varied in the Single Market.

The brain drain much dramatised in fiction and talked about in reality in the 1960s is back in 2021.

European Research Council winners explore plans to exit UK

“British science is facing the threat of a highly damaging brain drain that could see scores of top young researchers leaving the UK. In addition, the futures of several major British-led international projects are also now in jeopardy following a delay in funding by the European Union.”

UK scientists fear brain drain as Brexit rows put research at risk

And where brains go so did production in 1963 …

And in 2021, Pat Gelsinger, the boss of Intel told the BBC that the US chipmaker is no longer considering building a factory in the UK because of Brexit. He said that before the UK left the European Union, the country “would have been a site that we would have considered”.

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Against stiff competition in a beauty contest with seven other cities in five countries, none in the United Kingdom, the British telecommunications giant, Vodafone has chosen to create 600 jobs in Malaga, Spain with a new European Research and Development hub

“Vodafone has chosen Malaga as the home for its European research and development centre for new technological solutions and next generation digital services, which will lead to the creation of more than 600 jobs on the Costa del Sol.

The British telecommunications giant had organised an international competition between January and March to decide in which European city it would establish its new R&D centre.

Seven cities from five European countries participated in the contest, and they had to respond to an extensive questionnaire that focused on lifestyle, the availability of talent with the necessary technical skills, working conditions, transport systems, public aid and grants, university connections and the attractiveness of each location to job-seekers.

After an exhaustive analysis of the candidate cities and multiple meetings with international companies active in these cities, Vodafone selected Malaga as the host of its new ‘hub’.

“The Andalusian city was the one that stood out in the competition for being the one that offers the best combination of all the selection criteria,” the company pointed out.

Colman Deegan, CEO of Vodafone España, said: “This European Vodafone Business Centre is a great opportunity for the city of Malaga, not only because of the highly qualified employment it will generate, but also because it will enhance the activity of the city and the digital ecosystem that has been developed in recent years. The Vodafone hub will help Spain and Malaga continue to be a national and international benchmark in attracting and promoting business projects and creating products and services based on innovation and new technologies.”

Both the president of the Junta de Andalucía and the mayor of Malaga have been quick to comment on the good news for the city, which can boast of being on a roll when it comes to attracting technological investments. Google, Dekra, TDK and Globant have recently announced new research and development centres in the city.

The Junta’s head, Juanma Moreno, tweeted “Great news! Malaga will host the Vodafone European R&D Centre of Excellence. I have spoken to their CEO Colman Deegan, and they will create 600 highly skilled jobs. Thanks for the confidence!”

Malaga’s mayor, Francisco de la Torre, also celebrated Vodafone’s commitment to the city, which in the midst of the pandemic “once again it shows that Malaga’s innovative ecosystem is capable of continuing to attract investment and talent.” “

Vodafone to create 600 jobs on the Costa with a new European R&D hub

” “The metaverse has the potential to help unlock access to new creative, social, and economic opportunities. And Europeans will be shaping it right from the start,” Facebook said in a blog post.

The new jobs being created over the next five years will include “highly specialised engineers”.

Investing in the EU offered many advantages, including access to a large consumer market, first-class universities and high-quality talent, Facebook said.”

Facebook to hire 10,000 in EU to work on metaverse

“Elon Musk said he would have considered the UK as the new European home for a Tesla Gigafactory (the name Tesla calls its factories) if only it weren’t for Brexit.

Speaking to Auto Express, Musk said Brexit uncertainty made it “too risky” to consider constructing a gigafactory in the UK. This came immediately after the Tesla CEO announced he had selected Berlin as the site for the company’s first European factory.

According to the publication, he said: “”Brexit [uncertainty] made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK.”

Musk added that his decision was influenced by Germany’s strong track record on engineering.”

Elon Musk says the UK lost out on Tesla’s new Gigafactory because of Brexit

“The UK lost out to France as the most popular European destination for foreign investors for the second year in a row, amid disruption from Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic.

During 2020 the UK secured 975 inward investment projects compared with France’s 985 projects, according to accountancy firm EY.

The UK had dominated foreign direct investments (FDIs) into Europe for the first 18 years of the annual survey of foreign investments.”

UK second to France again for attracting foreign investment in Europe

It would seem that the good, high skilled, well paid jobs that both Starmer and Johnson prattle on about creating and for which they feel you should not have to leave your home town to take up are not necessarily going to be within an easy commute of somewhere like Hartlepool; Batley and Spen or Chesham and Amersham.

How Freedom of Movement defused the UK’s demographic time bomb


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