One UK plastics industry executive said of the recent Brexit vote that there was no point in “crying over spilt milk”. This is true.
We do have to ‘get on with it', and there will doubtless be opportunities for some. But unquestionably there is uncertainty, and businesses hate that.
Companies will be keen to get a sense of where the UK's trading position lies, as the government gears up for triggering the process that ultimately sees the country departing the European Union (EU), for good.
The trade deals that we've been promised cannot even be negotiated until the UK has ‘Brexited'. In the meantime companies will be seeking reassurances, notably around EU nationals working in the UK plastics sector, as our story headlined 'Plastics industry waits on EU workers' rights' suggests.
One managing director I spoke to recently said that such individuals comprised around 10% of his workforce. Naturally both he and they were concerned for their future.
There have been no suggestion by the Prime Minister that such people, some of whom have been in the UK for decades, will have their right to remain in this country forfeited, following last month's referendum vote. But things appear to be still very much ‘up in the air'.
It is a shame, therefore, that no strategy for an EU exit was being formulated while Messrs Johnson, Gove and others were banging the ‘leave' drum. It looks like we'll just have to ‘get on with it'.