Brexit is going to happen in the next few years. Since the Safe Harbour provisions failed businesses have been keeping cloud data in the eu region.
Currently the big cloud providers (Amazon, Microsoft, Google) don’t have public cloud data centres in the uk. The closest are Germany and Ireland.
Would it be a good idea for the British government to approach Amazon, Microsoft and Google to build cloud data centres in the Northern Powerhouse area? Once these are on the UK we could get local and national government it onto these platforms. This could be the incentive for the cloud providers to build their platforms here. With care this could reduce the infrastructure costs of government.