The Brexit result came as a shock to many people in the UK. Even for many of those who had voted to leave! Indeed, one of the most high profile figures of the “Leave” campaign, Nigel Farage, even famously planned to deliver his concession speech, only to be told his “team” had “won”.
But did you notice that some people weren’t that surprised?
On the 24th June, the day that the Brexit result was announced, Talk Radio Europe asked Fantastic Services CEO Rune Sovndahl why he wasn’t reeling from a bombshell impact.
“In 1992 we saw the same thing happening in Denmark,” Rune tells Talk Radio Europe presenter Stephen Ritson. “And we actually had a second referendum which allowed us to join the EU the second time… I’d seen the same kind of polls before.”
So it’s partially this experience of how similar polls on Denmark’s referendums on the Maastricht Treaty in the nineties matched up with the final result that’s left Rune so phlegmatic. Certainly more so than many other keenly interested parties.
But, undoubtedly, the Brexit result will and is having an effect on businesses. So how will service companies be affected by the result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on EU membership?
How will Brexit affect jobs and recruitment?
Rune is clear on the point:
When recruiting Fantastic Services “[doesn’t] look for nationality – we look for the best skilled people.”
There was a huge demand when the company started out, because Britain was starting to exit the recession. So we needed to hire a lot of people to deliver the services. Now, with this Brexit decision, will growth and demand slow down?
That’s how Britain leaving the EU could affect jobs. And it’s on a theme that’s linked to this that the interview continues on.
Are British people lazy?
It’s something of a hot topic at the moment: will there be more jobs after Brexit? Specifically, will there be more jobs for British people after Brexit?
Stephen wants to know if Rune thinks there’s a problem with British people preferring to claiming benefits rather than working as a cleaner or gardener? Does Rune think that people from other parts of the EU are harder working?
“I think the real reality is that you don’t leave your home country and move in somewhere else to try to claim benefits,” Rune says. “You’re leaving your grandparents, your parents, and everything else… you realise you have to work for it and you work hard.”