British business group have condemned politicians for pointing in-fighting rather than arranging for Brexit, warned that there is not enough time to plan for a no-deal scenario. With 100 days to go before the leaving the EU by the UK, the groups say firms have been “watching in horror” at the preceding rows within Westminster. The cabinet met to the ramping up preparations for a no-deal exit. But the groups say the idea that “no-deal” can be directed is not reasonable. In other Brexit developments:
The EU is to forge ahead with its preparing for Brexit, adding if there is no deal, with the European Commission placed to issue legislation to establish continuity in some sectors on a temporary basis.
The SNP and other opposition parties meet a vote of no confidence in the UK government – but it is disclosed the government only has to provide time to motions tabled in the name of the Leader of the Opposition. Prime Minister Theresa May is to plead the first ministers of Scotland and Wales to support her Brexit deal at the summit in London.
The Public Accounts Committee of MPs says the government has not done enough to lock the supply of medical arrangements in a no-deal scenario.
In a joint statement, the British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry manufacturers enterprise the EEF, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors said: “Businesses have been watching in horror as politicians have focused on factional disputes rather than practical steps that business needs to move forward ”.
“The lack of progress in Westminster means that the risk of a no-deal Brexit is rising.”The government said on Tuesday that it had sent letters to 140,000 businesses, urging them to trigger their no-deal contingency plans as appropriate. The five business groups, which represent hundreds of thousands of UK firms, said that because of a lack of progress, the government “is understandably now in a place where it must step up no-deal planning ”.