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17 May 2019

Breakdown of Brexit talks leaves small businesses on edge

Breakdown of Brexit talks leaves small businesses on edge

Speaking after cross-party Brexit talks broke down, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Mike Cherry said: “Nearly two months after we were supposed to leave the EU, we find ourselves no closer to a solution to this political mess.

“The breakdown of cross-party talks is just another chapter in what is becoming a litany of failures during the Brexit process. When small businesses asked for leadership, pragmatism and pace in delivering a pro-business deal, politicians responded by offering more of the same.

“More of the same just doesn’t cut it for our small firms anymore. They are the ones dealing with the realities of this mess – planning decisions cancelled, investment stalled and growth going backwards.

“Ongoing uncertainty is damaging the economy, holding back productivity and battering small business confidence. We simply cannot see this continue through to the end of October.”