Brexit has already created 3,500 tech jobs in Brussels, says European business leader: ‘It’s a huge opportunity for Belgium’

Brexit has already created 3,500 tech jobs in Brussels, says European business leader: ‘It’s a huge opportunity for Belgium’

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Brexit has already created 3,500 tech jobs in Brussels, says European business leader: ‘It’s a huge opportunity for Belgium’

Thousands of tech jobs have moved to Brussels from the UK due to Brexit with expectations of more to come once Britain leaves the EU, according to a sector leader.

As many as 3,500 roles have already been relocated to the Belgium capital, said Juan Bossicard, president of Microsoft’s Innovation Centre in the city.

The stream of tech workers leaving the UK began in the summer of 2016, Mr Bossicard told the New Statesman.

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“Since Brexit began, 3,500 jobs have moved here from the UK and we expect far more to come after Brexit officially happens,” he said.

Mr Bossicard said Brexit offered a “huge opportunity” for Brussels, and added the city has a lot of offer UK companies, including single market access and good links to other European countries.

Ahead of the EU referendum, job losses linked to Brexit were forecast to be in the hundreds of thousands but since the vote these projections have been curtailed.

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