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Siemens puts wind turbine blade export plans on ice after Brexit

Siemens has said that the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union (EU) will mean its plans to export wind turbine blades from the country and its new plant in north-east England will be put on ice, the Guardian and Financial Times have reported.

Last Thursday, 51.9 percent of Britons decided to leave the EU in a referendum whose results could have a significant impact on almost every aspect of life in the U.K.

The Financial Times report said that while a Brexit would not impact Siemens' intentions to employ 1,000 workers at a factory in Hull, northern England, there was now uncertainty surrounding the export of blades both to Europe and across the world.

"In order to do that we need to understand what our export relations are with the EU," Juergen Maier, Siemens' U.K. chief executive said, according to the Financial Times. "It could be that we end up with tariff-free trade on those blades to the EU and to other countries, but I don't know," he added. "All of that has to be renegotiated."

The U.K. is home to more than 5,300 onshore turbines and over 1,400 offshore turbines, according to Renewable U.K.'s UK Wind Energy Database.

Read more about the decision in the Guardian's report here, and the Financial Times' report here.

Correction: This story was revised to correct the number of offshore turbines in the U.K.