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A no-deal exit will mean a whole set of needless economic problems

23 October, 2020

‘Our lives and our livelihoods and our wellbeing are all on the line’

• THE prime minister set a self-imposed deadline to secure a trade deal with Europe and seems quite content to walk away without a deal.

We were all promised a comprehensive deal with Europe. Whatever happened to that promise?

I’ve seen polls that show over four-fifths of people (81 per cent) in London have already noticed job losses and business closures in their community, something that can only get worse if we leave the transition period with no plan and no deal.

Last week’s agriculture bill failed to include amendments intended to protect our food standards and our farmers. Are we really willing to throw away our current high standards by damaging existing trade with an ally who shares these standards?

This is not an abstract matter of politics. Our lives and our livelihoods and our wellbeing are all on the line. Can our government really fail to make the compromises needed to secure a deal which lets us work with Europe and keep our standards?

The alternative is to add a whole set of needless economic problems to the already huge task of recovering from damage caused by Covid-19.

MICHAEL BARTHOLOMEW-BIGGS
Cross Street, N1

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