EMA to lose 25% of staff as hard Brexit approaches


14 January 2019 - As UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal is expected to be rejected Tuesday in a House of Commons vote, the EMA has said that after closely monitoring staffers’ intentions to relocate to Amsterdam, it currently expects a staff loss of about 25%.

The 25% figure might seem like a lot of staffers to lose (about 225 of 900 lost), but that figure is on the low end of predictions from a survey in September 2017 that found EMA expected to lose at least 19% of its staffers no matter which city was selected.

In addition to the staffing losses, EMA said it will further temporarily reduce or suspend activities in the first half of 2019 as it moves into the final phase of its physical relocation. EMA said it will launch such measures as part of a fourth and final phase of the business continuity plan as of 1 January.

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