Mark Mitchell, CEO of Meridian Business Support, said in OnRec comments: “The result is shocking and it’s a sad day for the UK. We now face a level of political instability and an uncertainty over who is going to be the next Prime Minister.
“The result makes us appear to be less friendly and tolerant and has turned many of our workforce into official immigrants than colleagues – this will have a detrimental effect on staffing.
“Brexit will have a major impact on start-ups and businesses. The economic impact will be damaging as we have cut ourselves off from a valuable source of skilled labour and we may have cut ourselves off from the single market. It’s going to take a lot of time, money and effort in order to get new trade agreements up and off the ground.
“But we have to respect the vote, and get on with it.”