So the UK is heading out of the European Union (EU) and into uncertain waters; at least, uncertain for the time being.
The vote to leave will have delighted some PRW readers and dismayed others. Those favouring Brexit will be looking forward to accessing markets without the encumbrance of Brussels' bureaucracy, while those wanting a ‘Remain' vote will be worried the single market won't be as accessible as before.
The UK's automotive sector has called on the government – and whoever turns out to be leading it by the time the political dust settles – to ensure that access to that market is afforded to those that most depend on it. Others have echoed the call.
In the immediate aftermath of the referendum result being announced sterling and domestic stock markets nose-dived. There seemed to be some semblance of recovery in both currency and shares as PRW went to press, suggesting that matters might be calming down.
But still, the longer term ramifications of the vote to quit the EU remain unknown. Big businesses are worried, while perhaps smaller operations, those not dependent on trading with customers in the European Union, are more sanguine.
It is too early to say quite what the impact of the UK leaving the EU will have on the plastics sector. Some see exports as benefitting from a weaker pound, others fear escalating import costs.
There are also those who are confident the UK can negotiate its way to a good position with its erstwhile European colleagues, going on to do business in a way that benefits all parties.
And therein lies the rub. Whoever leads those negotiations will bear an enormous responsibility. My colleague and Plastics News Europe editor David Eldridge experienced at first hand the shock among European plastics industry executives while on a trip to Germany this past week.
We must hope that that shock, likely to be also present among the region's politicians, doesn't morph into resentment, with our economic interests bearing the brunt.
Hamish Champ is editor of PRW magazine.