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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.
'No-deal Brexit will undermine Chancellor's jobs support'
As an official Cabinet Office document warned this week, the combined impact of COVID, Brexit, flu and flooding will be devastating this Christmas. But a no-deal Brexit and continued failure to sort out Test and Trace will make this worse.
UK faces 'systemic economic risk', according to secret Cabinet Office doc
This secret briefing shows the government is aware of the economic chaos that faces the country this winter. In this context, it would be utter madness to inflict a no-deal Brexit, and the tariffs that come with it, on the country.
Stock up on long life products for no-deal, schools told
Schools shouldn't have to be worrying about getting fresh food to children in the new year, but that's exactly what a no-deal Brexit would mean.
Brexit Business Task Force 'far overdue' – businesses need deal
The establishment of this task force is welcome, if far overdue given the state of business preparedness. We are only weeks away from the end of the transition period and businesses are still in the dark.
Logistics UK warn of supply outages in NI, queues at Dover
While the government has spent months, and millions, telling firms to get ready for the end of transition, it hasn't told them how to prepare, or provided the specifics of what they need to prepare for.
Tate & Lyle warn of supply outages in Northern Ireland
Tate & Lyle publicly campaigned for Brexit, and now we find out that Northern Irish consumers have been made the sacrificial lamb in their pursuit of riches elsewhere.
'Significant disruption' when Brexit transition ends, watchdog warns
'Significant disruption' when Brexit transition ends, watchdog warns UK trade with the EU faces "significant disruption" when the Brexit transition period ends in January, the National Audit Office has said.
NEW POLL: Two-thirds say UK Govt has ‘failed’ in EU negotiations, 57% say breakdown of talks would be UK's fault
This poll shows that the British public understand the damage that would be inflicted by leaving the transition period without an agreement and would not forgive Boris Johnson for failing to deliver on his election promise of an ‘oven-ready’ trade deal.
UK in 'suspended animation' over Brexit, says CBI chief
Everyone is distracted by coronavirus and yet talks are still ongoing to prevent a damaging no-deal Brexit. Such a disastrous outcome should have been ruled out long ago to give businesses some peace of mind amid all the difficulties they face.