It’s hard to imagine a group less likely to have voted for Brexit than the people running London’s tech start-ups. International, smart, metropolitan: London’s tech entrepreneurs might be just those ‘citizens of nowhere’ who were criticised by Prime Minister Theresa May in a speech a few months after the UK voted to leave the EU. But they have also provided much of the energy behind the capital’s tech start-up success story over the past few years. And many are now trying to figure out what to do next. Brexit and tech: Three scenarios from alright to awful Tech after Brexit: Where do we go from here? Brexit: Get ready for skills shortages and lost business, warn analysts Brexit spells turbulence for cloud computing: 6 stormy scenarios About a third of London’s tech workers are from beyond the UK, and around one in five is from the European Union (so many of them weren’t eligible for a vote in the referendum anyway). Start-ups with teams made up of a dozen or more nationalities are common in the capital. Before the referendum in June 2016, a poll of the UK’s tech executives found that 70 percent wanted to stay in Europe and only 15 percent said they wanted to leave. After the vote techUK, the industry group that conducted the poll, warned there was a long to-do list for government with many policy and regulatory issues requiring urgent action if it was to support the country’s tech industry through Brexit. But more… [Read full story]
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