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European firms downplay Brexit fallout, says survey

AFP  |  Brussels 

Despite often bad-tempered negotiations, a majority of European businesses believe that EU-UK ties will continue without major disruption after Brexit, a survey revealed today.

The surprising result came in a poll of 2,500 "senior decision makers" by the firm, which underlined that business leaders could be overly complacent to the dangers of Britain's from the

"We see fluctuations between countries and sectors but on the whole this is a surprisingly upbeat response," said John Maloney, of FTI Consulting's taskforce.

The survey noted widespread optimism amongst the recipients, with a majority of companies confident that UK's future relationship with the EU will maintain principles such as the free movement of people and oversight by the EU's European Court of Justice.

This is especially surprising given that has stated its firm intention to curb free movement and end the EU court's jurisdiction over Britain.

The survey said that businesses are making light of current tensions, with the EU and Britain at loggerheads over the terms of a transition period after and big unknowns on future relations.

"The results hint at a misreading of the political reality," said FTI's Hans Heck, a former Dutch

There is "little prospect of companies getting comfort on the future trade agreement any time soon," he said.

Among the respondents, a big split existed on the fate of Britain's access to the EU financial sector.

FTI said 71 per cent of UK firms believed that the access will be retained, compared with 59 per cent in and 51 per cent in

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 19:05 IST