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News and Press Releases

Government has 'betrayed exporters with contradictory approach to trade'
On the one hand, government says it supports trade liberalisation to support high-quality export jobs, and yet on the other hand it has just de-liberalised trade with our largest and nearest trading partner.
Govt 'strangling business with red tape'
British businesses are being strangled by red tape, and the Government seems intent on pulling it tighter. The British Chambers of Commerce doesn’t mince its words – it says this fiasco is an “existential threat” to some businesses.
Govt must look to entrepreneurs to help replace 10,000 lost car jobs
We know Covid and Brexit are battering the car industry – we’ve known for a year – what we need to know now is what the Government plans to do to replace those lost jobs and that lost tax revenue in the months and years ahead.
Calais refugees 'Believe UK asylum now easier'
If this Government doesn’t want to be stung by the law of unintended consequences, it should provide safe passage for those seeking sanctuary, especially children, and cut Whitehall red tape to remove trade friction and get lorries moving.
Amazon alcohol exports halted
When a company the size of Amazon is struggling to deal with something as fundamental as excise payments, it’s clear the present UK trading environment is in utter chaos and ministers really must get a grip now and cut Whitehall red tape for British businesses.
Johnson promises fishermen El Dorado ... a mythical city that drove men mad
El Dorado is either a mythical city, the search for which has driven explorers to madness and death, or a failed soap opera that got canned early on, as Brexit red tape should be.
Labour would win up to 351 seats by working with Greens and Lib Dems
If Keir Starmer wants a shot at No 10 in three years, the party must be open to working with the Greens and Lib Dems, particularly given the impending constituency boundary changes and SNP strength north of the border.
No 10 finally admits the UK rejected visa-free tours offer from EU
Given the huge contribution of British music to the UK economy and the way in which musicians and other performers carry British values worldwide, it is bewildering to hear that the Government rejected the offer of short-term visas.
Brexit deal is 'security downgrade', MPs warned
With the UK at its highest level of terror alert, the Government's failure to secure security cooperation with the EU has put Brits in genuine danger. Police chiefs and intelligence officials have spent the last three years begging for the Government to retain UK access to crucial systems like the European Arrest Warrant and the Schengen Information System.
Debenhams closes online business in Ireland as 50 major retailers fear EU tariffs
While a disastrous no-deal outcome was avoided on Christmas eve, it's clear that the limited nature of the Government's Brexit deal is leaving British business in the lurch.
NEW POLL: Labour takes lead, and Prime Minister's own seat at risk
While the next election could still be some years off, this latest seat level model shows that the public is losing confidence in the government. The figures are perhaps unsurprising given the UK's comparatively woeful covid and economic statistics, combined with poor and inconsistent government comms around Christmas restrictions.
UK-EU deal 'Not fit for modern trade environment'
A major new analysis of the EU-UK trade deal highlights ten areas that must be addressed urgently to deal with non-tariff trade barriers looming come January 1st.
Johnson EU deal a 'massive downgrade' on what was promised
A free trade deal is a good starting point for modern trading partners but, without cooperation over industry standards and involvement in research programmes, UK businesses will be hurt and the British people will be left worse off.
NEW POLL warning to Johnson: Voters want transition extension as transport crisis deepens
Every part of the country, from Scotland and the Blue Wall to London and Wales, clearly wants the Prime Minister to keep the promise he made to strike a deal. These figures show why Johnson and his team must now make a final Herculean effort to get an agreement over the line.
New job stats show no-deal Brexit 'would be a disaster for country's economic health'
New job stats show no-deal Brexit 'would be a disaster for country's economic health'
NEW POLL: Two thirds back a deal, including half of Leave voters
NEW POLL from Best for Britain: Two thirds back a deal, including half of Leave voters
EU and UK agree deal 'in principle' on Northern Irish border
This is a critical step towards preventing a damaging destabilisation of the peace in Northern Ireland. Not only will this help protect the Good Friday Agreement, it also strengthens our standing with the incoming Biden administration.
Brexit meeting between PM and Euro Commission President later this week 'is a good sign'
It is time for cool heads to prevail, particularly as communities up and down the country, from farmers to car manufacturers, are relying on these talks to prevent a damaging trade cliff-edge.
UK will suffer 'serious' No-deal Brexit hit, says OECD
Over the past few weeks the government has announced multiple projects designed to boost jobs, but all of that will be undermined if we leave the EU without a trade deal. In the middle of a global pandemic, supporting Britain's economic recovery must come before ideological concerns.
No-deal Brexit would 'add to economic misery of tier system'
By the government’s own admission, bringing in the new tiered lockdown restrictions could see the UK's economic output cut by up to 12%. With that in mind, it would be an absolute disaster if a no-deal Brexit was added on top of this economic misery this Christmas.