Government's Digital Secretary touts Brexit deal as best for Britain's tech sector

He urged industry to back Theresa May's plans, saying it's the most likely plan to keep the country's economy alive

Image of the EU and UK flags breaking apart

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright has urged the UK's tech sector to back Prime Minister Theresa May with her Brexit plans, saying it's the best deal possible for the sector.

He said the government has assured it will protect the free-flowing of data between the UK and rest of the EU when the deal is made. Data is such a huge part of the economy and making sure cloud computing continues unhindered is essential to enable research and services to continue as they operate within the EU.

"We have secured the best deal possible to protect our businesses and make sure our personal data is processed safely and securely," Wright said.

"The deal will help support our talented tech innovators, future emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, while addressing unjustified barriers to digital trade."

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

He added that Theresa May's Brexit deal will also be committed to creating a secure online environment for everyone. Innovation and tech evolution also forms part of the deal, across sectors such as e-commerce, telecoms and emerging technologies, with the free exchanging of data between the UK and other member states promised.

"Businesses big and small and in every sector of the economy - from video games makers to hotel and travel companies, mail order firms to manufacturers - want certainty," Wright added. "We now need to back the Prime Minister and get the job done."

The policy is being supported by some members of the tech industry, including Emma Jones, founder of small business support group, Enterprise Nation and Tech Nation CEO Gerard Grech.

"The UK is Europe's leading tech hub and is growing fast. We need to keep building on that momentum," Grech said.

"The current deal is pragmatic and creates an element of certainty going forward. And the digital tech sector, which is both resourceful and entrepreneurial, will continue to thrive and build fresh opportunities in a post-Brexit world."

However, others oppose it, with Tech for UK, an organisation of technology companies that aim to lobby the government for "a meaningful vote by parliament or the people on the actual terms of Brexit", claiming that the current Brexit deal isn't good for the UK's tech industry. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

"It is our view that the government's 'Withdrawal Agreement and Political Agreement on leaving the European Union' will not serve the best interests of the UK tech industry. It will vastly increase friction in trade with the EU and impose significant and costly changes for the tech industry," the organisation said. 

"We therefore believe that Members of Parliament should NOT support the agreement in the meaningful vote' and should instead vote for a new referendum, a People's Vote', on Brexit, with the option to Remain in the EU."

Featured Resources

What you need to know about migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Factors to assess how and when to begin migration

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

Testing for compliance just became easier

How you can use technology to ensure compliance in your organisation

Download now

Best practices for implementing security awareness training

How to develop a security awareness programme that will actually change behaviour

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/policy-legislation/data-governance/354496/brexit-security-talks-under-threat-after-uk-accused-of
data governance

Brexit security talks under threat after UK accused of illegally copying Schengen data

10 Jan 2020
Visit/security/cyber-security/354468/if-not-passwords-then-what
cyber security

If not passwords then what?

8 Jan 2020
Visit/web-browser/30394/what-is-http-error-503-and-how-do-you-fix-it
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020
Visit/policy-legislation/31772/gdpr-and-brexit-how-will-one-affect-the-other
Policy & legislation

GDPR and Brexit: How will one affect the other?

9 Jan 2020