Quote extracted from the article but attributed to Albermarle & Bond's Japanese parent company Daikokuya Holdings....
Moreover given the increased likelihood that the UK will leave the EU, losses are expected to increase, so we have decided to withdraw from the UK business.
that has the smell of a fig leaf pulled out of thin air, to mix my metaphors. Maybe there is more rationale behind it, but I struggle to see how Brexit is likely to lead to an increase in losses at a pawnbrokers, given that business is UK centric.
I think the critical bit is the preceding paragraph, which basically says that despite best efforts to reduce operational costs they were still staring down the barrel of a £7m annual loss, and were pretty much all out of ideas on how to reverse that.