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Could Brexit spell the end for “just-in-time” production?

It is difficult to see how ultra-efficient supply chains can survive

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We all know that Brexit poses challenges, but the technical detail is often poorly understood. One problem you may not have heard of relates to “just in time” production. And it’s a big one.

Throughout the UK, industries are deeply interconnected with those in the rest of the European Union through complex cross-border supply chains. Such supply chains comprise intricate processes of value-adding by firms in different countries, with component goods and services crisscrossing borders multiple times before reaching the consumer.

The most deeply…

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