Business leaders vent frustration ahead of Brexit vote

A no-deal Brexit cannot be “managed” and is “certainly not desirable,” said Carolyn Fairbairn, Confederation of British Industry director general, as business leaders expressed frustration over the continued political impasse.

“The responsibility to ensure an orderly exit is now in Parliament’s hands. Each MP is democratically chosen to safeguard the security and prosperity of our country. And next week they face a test. If they meet it with yet more brinkmanship, the whole country could face a no-deal, disorderly Brexit. The economic consequences would be profound, widespread, and lasting,” Fairbairn told a business audience in Bristol January 11…

My news story for Tax Notes (paywall), published January 12:

U.K. Business Leaders Vent Frustration Ahead of Brexit Vote

Other stories published in week of January 7:

Labour Leader Prioritizes Election and a New Brexit Deal

MPs Vote to Tighten Grip on Brexit Process

‘Stormont Lock’ Fails to Win DUP Support for Brexit Backstop

 

May urged to rule out no-deal Brexit after finance bill defeat

The UK Parliament’s vote to restrict a new Treasury power to make tax regulations shows its determination to prevent a “chaotic and damaging” no-deal Brexit, said Labour member of Parliament Yvette Cooper. My news story (paywall) for Tax Notes, January 9:

May Urged to Rule Out No-Deal Brexit After Finance Bill Defeat

May suffers setback as Conservatives back no-deal Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May continued to seek reassurances from European leaders about the EU withdrawal agreement as it emerged that most members of her own party would favour a no-deal Brexit.

Three-quarters of respondents in a survey of 1,215 Conservative Party activists said they regarded as “exaggerated or invented” warnings that a no-deal Brexit could cause severe short-term disruption, such as shortages of food and medicines. My news story (paywall) for Tax Notes, January 7:

May Suffers Setback as Conservatives Back No-Deal Brexit