13-14 July 2019 – the weekend’s press releases

FSB no-deal warning reinforces Tory irresponsibility

Responding to the warning this morning on Sky from the Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Mike Cherry, that a no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for small businesses in the UK, Liberal Democrat Business and Treasury spokesperson Chuka Umunna MP said:

The uncertainty of Brexit hangs over all businesses in the UK. Small businesses spent millions preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU on the 29th March this year, but they do not have the resources to do so again.

The Conservatives have failed to put the interests of the country ahead of the interests of their own party and are now contemplating crashing out with no deal at all. That is completely irresponsible.

Any Brexit would cost Britain investment, jobs and untold disruption at our borders. Liberal Democrats demand better for British businesses, and that means stopping Brexit by giving the people the final say.

Chancellor’s warning demands No Deal U-turn

Responding to Chancellor Philip Hammond’s warning that “many of the levers” that would affect a no-deal Brexit are not in the UK’s hands, Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake MP said:

Even this Conservative Chancellor accepts a no deal, which no one voted for, would see the UK lose control over our future.

This warning makes a mockery of the promises of the Leave campaign. It simply isn’t acceptable that the Tory leadership candidates are willing to see the UK crash out of the EU to ingratiate themselves with their hard right.

People deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats demand better. We must give the people the final say, in a people’s vote, with the option to stay in the EU. Anything else risks disaster for our future.

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  • How much do the Federation of Small Businesses need in the way of resources? I do not understand how they lost the ones they used to prepare for March 29th. Surely October 31st will be similar.

    What untold disruption do you expect at our borders? Is this Spectator article wrong on every count?


  • Richard Underhill 16th Jul '19 - 7:43am

    In 2016 Nigel Farage was saying that about 80% of UK businesses do not export and deduced that they should therefore vote to Leave. He should be ashamed of this con trick, but he probably isn’t.
    Businesses are affected by what is happening in the economy generally. If the price of the £ sterling falls many of their imported inputs will be affected. This includes customers favourite imported beers, such as Guinness and branded lagers. Weatherspoon are running a successful business but their chief is talking nonsense about the economy as a whole.
    We do not grow cocoa in the UK. when the £ exchange rate moves the size of chocolate bars changes, sometimes even the well publicised shape as in Toblerone.
    Farage should catch up on the advice that the Dragons give to aspiring businesses, even if there is no deal in the Den.

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