The Digby Jones Index

The index of jobs lost through Brexit that Lord Digby Jones said we wouldn’t lose

The Digby-Jones index came from an article written in October 2020 which proved extremely popular, but has now developed into a permanent feature on Yorkshire Bylines.

This is not just about providing an accurate list of jobs being lost, although we are trying to report faithfully the impact of Brexit, it’s about the lives disrupted and in some cases ruined by the reckless folly of men like Digby Jones, who in 2016 reassured people that a vote to leave the EU would not result in a single job in Britain being lost. He could have had no idea if this was true or not, but as we have seen over the last four years, companies are clearly moving out of the UK and into the EU to protect themselves against Brexit. The list below shows these businesses as at 24 October 2020.

What the list reveals is not only his ignorance of British industry but a similar ignorance about the very nature of how the single market and the customs union works. People may well have been deceived into voting for Brexit in 2016 by Digby Jones but increasingly we only see the empty words of a foolish man. It is proof positive that those at the forefront of the leave campaign had no idea of the disaster they intended to visit upon us.

There is no shame in ignorance, but there is shame in publicly offering reassurances about Brexit when you were unaware of the consequences. This is the kindest explanation. The other is that he knew it would result in huge job losses but assured people that it wouldn’t.

Many people have contacted us about their direct experience of job losses, privately attributed to Brexit but by companies too afraid to say so publicly. We have not included them to prevent Yorkshire Bylines being accused of exaggeration, but the total number of jobs lost so far is almost certainly far higher than our list would indicate.

Brexit: British company Smiffys moves HQ to EuropeOct-16
Almac admits new operation in Dundalk is because of BrexitFeb-17
Lush Cosmetics to move operations to GermanyMar-17
AIG to set up new base in Luxembourg to service EU businessMar-17
Lloyd’s of London will move jobs to new Brussels officeMar-17
Liberty Speciality Markest sets up EU headquarters in Luxembourg Jul-17
The insurance company Hiscox has set up a new base in Luxembourg Sep-17
EU youth orchestra to quit UK for Italy over BrexitOct-17
HSBC to move up to 1000 jobs to ParisOct-17
The European Medicines Agency announces Amsterdam as location of new HQ.Nov-17
European Banking Authority moves to ParisNov-17
Moneygram to move to BrusselsJan-18
Deutsche Bank to move hundreds of jobs to FrankfurtJan-18
CitiGroup to make Frankfurt its post Brexit EU HubFeb-18
Societe Generale to move 300 staff to ParisFeb-18
Standard Life Aberdeen to set up EU business hub in DublinFeb-18
Admiral establishes in Spain  the base of operations of its new European centreMar-18
Goldman Sachs start moving staff to FrankfurtMar-18
Morgan Stanley to move 80 jobs to ParisMar-18
UBS to move some staff to FrankfurtMar-18
Barclays to make Dublin its main EU HubApr-18
Bank of America to move hub to DublinMay-18
Heathrow owner Ferrovial to move HQ to AmsterdamJun-18
Jaguar Land Rover to move Discover production to SlovakiaJun-18
Sanofi Pharma move QP and QC jobs to EU member stateJun-18
Nomura confirms banking license granted in FrankfurtJun-18
Barclays to move 50 jobs to FrankfurtJul-18
LSE and CBOE open trading venue in AmsterdamJul-18
Luxembourg looks for more office space for Brexit firmsJul-18
J P Morgan asks several dozen to relocateJul-18
DTCC move to IrelandJul-18
Lloyds Banks to create three hubs in the EUJul-18
Chubb European Group and Ace European Life move to FranceJul-18
Deutsche Bank move some jobs to FrankfurtJul-18
Trading company Jane Street moves to AmsterdamJul-18
Credit Suisse moves 50 jobs to MadridJul-18
Forex Trader NEX moves to AmsterdamJul-18
Credit Suisse picks Luxembourg, Madrid & FrankfurtAug-18
Bank of America to move 200 jobs to ParisAug-18
Clarks to open 10,000 sq m European distribution centreAug-18
Baillie Gifford to move operations to DublinAug-18
Ship Insurer UK P&I Club makes hub in RotterdamAug-18
Nomura contacts clients about migrating to FrankfurtAug-18
EU Naval Force HQ to move out of LondonAug-18
Panasonic to move HQ to AmsterdamAug-18
Ashmore sets up Irish base in DublinSep-18
Dechra Pharmaceuticals to open testing centre in EU Sep-18
RSA Group opens base in LuxembourgSep-18
Acquis Exchange opens office in ParisSep-18
First State Asset Managers to move funds to IrelandSep-18
Next sets up new Irish company to avoid customs post BrexitSep-18
Elcome open office in AlicanteOct-18
Wells Fargo shift EU hub to ParisOct-18
Coinbase opens Dublin officeOct-18
Aviva move UK policy administration to IrelandOct-18
Axa XL moves European Operations to IrelandOct-18
SciSys moves to Dublin to keep space workOct-18
BUPA plan European hub move to DublinOct-18
HarbourVest to open in Dublin to lessen Brexit impactOct-18
CME Group move $240 billion/day market to AmsterdamNov-18
Brexit to Shift Swissquote Business From London, CEO SaysNov-18
Steris – multi billion dollar US Healthcare firm – moves HQ to IrelandNov-18
Tokio Marine Group receives court approval for Luxembourg move Nov-18
Barden Corp close Plymouth factory with loss of 400 jobs – because of BrexitNov-18
Schaeffler to close two UK plantsNov-18
Bank of America complete move to Dublin 100 staff Nov-18
RBS applies for German Banking licence Dec-18
Societe General opens clearing capability in Paris Dec-18
Vanguard, Merian Global open offices in DublinDec-18
Wells Fargo to open offices in Frankfurt and Paris Jan-19
Philips to close Suffolk factoryJan-19
Discovery moves European HQ to AmsterdamJan-19
Axa to move staff to DublinJan-19
Dyson to move HQ to SingaporeJan-19
Pantheon open Dublin office as part of Brexit planningJan-19
Barclays moves $217 billion to DublinJan-19
Brexit: US insurer Travelers gets licence to set up in DublinJan-19
Brexit drives TransferWise to open Belgian officeJan-19
Deutsche Bank repatriates 400 billion euro to FrankfurtJan-19
Sony to move HQ to AmsterdamJan-19
Trading platform Acquis sets up hub in ParisJan-19
Merril Lynch to move 100s of jobs to ParisJan-19
Shwarz Gerhard move staff to AustriaFeb-19
Aviva, Natwest move funds to Ireland, HollandFeb-19
Discovery Channel gets German licenseFeb-19
RBS prepares to move 100 staff from UK to Holland in readiness for BrexitFeb-19
Honda to close Swindon plantFeb-19
Raspberry Pi looking to move manufacturing to Ireland or HollandFeb-19
Japanese drugmaker Shionogi moves European HQ from London over BrexitMar-19
Scottish Widows Transfers operations to Luxembourg after Brexit DevelopmentsMar-19
BBC moves commercial operation to The NetherlandsApr-19
Ford to close Bridgend plantJun-19
Aztec Oils opens operation in LithuaniaSep-19
Scottish island chocolate maker blames Brexit for collapse of businessSep-19
Axminster Carpets which supplies Wetherspoons blames job cuts on Brexit Sep-19
Senju Metal Industries close High Wycombe factorySep-19
Japanese Manufacturer Senju Closes U.K. Factory, Citing Brexit ImpactSep-19
Historic Plymouth company on brink of closure ‘due to Brexit’Oct-19
Total move cash management to ParisJan-20
API Foils, Livingston closes on Brexit Day – blaming BrexitJan-20
Revolut move payment operations to IrelandFeb-20
Kids fashion company Frugi opens Dutch baseFeb-20
German Digital bank N26 quits UK due to BrexitFeb-20
Kasai in Mertyr Tydfil close with the loss of 180 jobsFeb-20
McBrides in Barrow to move production to France and LuxembourgFeb-20
Ineos to build new 4×4 in FranceAug-20
J P Morgan move 200 more staff to FrankfurtSep-20
7500 finance jobs and $1.6 Trillion to leave UKOct-20
EU Medium Range Weather centre to leave UK with loss of 250 jobsOct-20
Brexit has taken chunk out of London commercial insurance, says IUAOct-20
City of London’s Brexit Departures Are Speeding UpOct-20
UK Financial Services Companies Looking to Cyprus as a Post-Brexit SolutionOct-20
Brexit fuels brain drain as skilled Britons head to the EUOct-20
London’s Days as Europe’s Stock Trading Hub Are NumberedOct-20
Brexit ‘to bring €150 billion to France by year’s end’Oct-20
City firms move £1 trillion to Europe in Brexit breakawayOct-20
This table was last updated on October 24 2020

Lord Digby Jones tells Andrew Neil before the referendum there will not be a single job lost because of Brexit

Digby Jones explaining that Britons in a hundred years time will thank God they came out of the EU