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Blog Post By Harry Mottram

Brexit: pull your finger out Prime Minister

There’s an elephant in the room and it’s called Brexit. Everyone in business I speak to has the same opinion: don’t mention it in public. But in private they are frustrated to the point of anger. The reason is simple: nothing appears to have been agreed between Downing Street and Europe.

Several factors are now critical: the Irish border remains unresolved; a free trade agreement or not; cross border tariffs; freedom of movement for workers; and is the economy likely to dip?

I paraphrase as he used some Anglo Saxon language

With only months to go business groups are no venting their frustration. The British Chamber of Commerce’s Adam Marshall issued this broadside at the Government: "The best possible Brexit deal will not matter to the UK's competitiveness if the roads remain potholed and congested, if you can't get mobile phone coverage around the UK, if business broadband is poor and companies can't get the people they need because the training system isn't working to deliver for them."

And it is uncertainties over Brexit that prompted the Chamber to say this week that this year could be the worst year for business since the crash of 2007-2008. Uncertainties around Brexit mounting concerns over the threats of trade wars and rising oil prices were all hurting business.

As one printing firm manager said to me the other day (and I paraphrase as he used some Anglo Saxon language): Downing Street needs to pull their finger out and stop negotiating with each other and sort out Brexit now.

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