News / Business by Press Association 12/10/2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Millions of consumers could face “immediate” and “catastrophic” consequences in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the watchdog Which? has said. The consumer group said the Government’s preparations for a no-deal exit suggested a reduction in consumer rights and choice as well as price hikes that would have a “direct and hard” impact in areas ranging from travel to food and energy. The watchdog, which based its conclusions on its assessment of the Government’s technical notices in preparation for the event of a no-deal Brexit, online forums and surveys, said two in five people did not understand the potential implications of a no-deal scenario. In its report – Brexit no deal: a consumer catastrophe? – Which? says: “Our latest consumer research shows that most people … [Read more...] about Consumers may see ‘immediate, ‘catastrophic’ effect with no-deal Brexit – Which?
Dear Jeremy Hunt, Greetings from Lithuania, Britain’s loyal partner in Nato. Greetings also from myself, a British immigrant democratically elected to the city council of the beautiful capital city Vilnius – a city which, thanks to EU freedom of movement and to those who fought to free Lithuania from the Soviet Union, I have been proud and able to call my home since 2005. I was elected in 2015 on a platform of tolerance, openness, transparency and liberal democratic values. These values, until sometime during 2016, I held to be British. I was, in part, elected by Lithuanians who hoped that a Brit would have a deep and historic understanding of those values, making him the ideal antidote to lingering socialist ideals and the persistently oppressive, top-down approach of Eastern European governance. I hope you can agree that, bearing in mind the enormously hard work she did to free the East, Margaret Thatcher would be overjoyed to see me sitting here carrying … [Read more...] about ‘People died to escape Soviet control. It was nothing like the EU, Jeremy Hunt’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his position that any Brexit deal would need to include a new customs union arrangement with the European Union. Speaking at the Labour Party Conference 2018 in Liverpool, Mr Corbyn addressed the prime minister directly: “If you deliver a deal that includes a customs union and no hard border in Ireland, if you protect jobs, people’s rights at work and environmental and consumer standards – then we will support that sensible deal, a deal that would be backed by most of the business world and trade unions too. “But if you can’t negotiate that deal then you need to make way for a party that can and will.” Mr Corbyn’s position contrasts with the government’s stance that the UK should leave the existing customs union - and not be tied to a new bloc it claims would restrict Britain’s ability to strike deals with other countries. Here we explain the customs … [Read more...] about Everything you need to know about the customs union and what happens after Brexit
The British government has published its third series of technical notices to companies and individuals on how to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, Reuters reports. Leaving the EU without a deal could stop flights and the transport of goods and would cause difficulties for pet owners who want to take their dogs on holiday, according to government documents. One of the most significant notices is that airlines would automatically lose their right to operate between the UK and EU without seeking advance permission. Trucks carrying goods across the English Channel could also be caught up in the confusion of a no-deal Brexit, but the UK has said it would seek bilateral agreements to ensure they would retain access. Packaged food labeling will also have to be changed, as using the term “EU” for origins would no longer be correct for food from the UK. Owners of dogs, cats or ferrets who want to take them to the EU may have to discuss travel plans at least four … [Read more...] about No-deal Brexit could hit UK-EU flights, trucks and pet owners, UK government warns