Get a move on! Bri­tish bosses’ warn­ing on stalled Brexit deal

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

BRI­TAIN’S cap­tains of in­dus­try to­day or­der EU ne­go­tia­tors: “Get a bloody move on.”

Next month bosses will be­gin draw­ing up plans for 2019, the year the UK quits the EU.

And un­less progress is ur­gently made now, they will have to work on the as­sump­tion there will be no deal.

The plea for ac­tion comes in an open let­ter to Brexit Sec­re­tary David Davis and EU chief ne­go­tia­tor Michel Barnier.

The let­ter, signed by the bosses of more than 100 of Bri­tain’s big­gest firms with a mil­lion em­ploy­ees in Bri­tain and the

EU, says: “The risk of no deal re­mains real and has to be planned for, with in­evitable con­se­quences for jobs and growth.” The busi­ness lead­ers want Mr Davis and Mr Barnier to agree a three-year tran­si­tional ar­range­ment with the EU af­ter Brexit.

A sep­a­rate state­ment by Busi­nessEurope, rep­re­sent­ing EU firms, adds: “Busi­ness needs cer­tainty and time to pre­pare. The slow pace of ne­go­ti­a­tions is of spe­cial con­cern.”

Mean­while For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son up­set busi­ness yes­ter­day by say­ing Bri­tain should turn its back on the sin­gle mar­ket and not pay a fee to trade with Europe.

Book­ies Lad­brokes im­me­di­ately made Boris 8/1 to be next to leave the Cabinet while Lib Dem leader Vince Ca­ble branded him “a Pound­land Don­ald

Trump on ma­noeu­vres”.

‘POUND­LAND TRUMP’ Boris John­son

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