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Oakdene Hollins leaves for Ireland after EU vote

Sustainability consultancy Oakdene Hollins is moving its base to Ireland following the referendum decision to leave the European Union.

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The vote to leave has caused uncertainty about the country’s future relationship with the union and decisions regarding trade agreements and free movement of European residents may take a considerable time to resolve.

This uncertainty has prompted Oakdene Hollins managing director David Fitzsimons to quit the UK.

He said: “The political processes in the UK are continuing so we do not yet know what relationship the EU will want with the UK. To mitigate the risks of this relationship changing, we are preparing to domicile Oakdene Hollins in Ireland and to expand our office in Brussels.

“As political decisions are made on this issue we will respond accordingly.”

The firm previously worked with Defra on its delivery of the UK version of EU Ecolabel, to improve consumer awareness about products’ environmental impact.

More recent work leading the European Remanufacturing Network is ongoing.

“I will be spending time in Brussels over the coming weeks to reassure clients and friends that we remain committed to working with them, and that [we] are personally committed to a union of European member states,” said Fitzsimons.

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