Business leaders call for second Brexit referendum

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British Chancellor Philip Hammond told business leaders that a no-deal Brexit could be "taken off the table" and Article 50 "rescinded", according to a transcript of a leaked conference call. But he repeated his own condition for talks: a pledge to block a no-deal Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to put together a new Brexit strategy after MPs rejected her European Union divorce deal, and insisted she could not rule out a potentially damaging "no-deal" split.

Businesses are concerned about potential disruptions in the situation of a hard Brexit.

"I love people whether they're Remainers or Leavers, I don't care".

Corbyn responded: "Before there can be any positive discussions about the way forward, the Government must remove clearly once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit from the European Union and all the chaos that would come as a result of that".

But two years later nearly none of them are ready to come into force if Brexit happens on time, the Financial Times said today.

As the "first losers" from a no-deal Brexit would be the British people, he predicted that Mrs May would eventually ask for an extension of Article 50 for more negotiations rather than allow the United Kingdom to crash out on March 29.

Labour MP Ian Murray said calling up reservists "shows just how serious the threat of a no-deal Brexit is".

Dover handles 17 percent of the U.K.'s goods trade, with up to 10,000 trucks a day passing through with everything from food to medicines. It does nothing to alleviate the worry and uncertainty people feel, ' he said.




Germany's chemical and pharmaceutical industry association (VCI) called for interim solutions, in particular to ensure the supply of medicines.

"The plans are ready".

"Whether it be manufacturing, agriculture or services, across the piste we rely on trade".

John Allan, president of the Confederation of British Industry and chairman of supermarket group Tesco, told BBC Radio that those thinking they could renegotiate European Union trade relations from scratch were living in "cloud cuckoo land".

The Czech Republic and Slovakia are working on legislation to deal with the short term rights of British citizens in a no-deal Brexit, while the Dutch will let British citizens living in the country remain for 15 months and offer them the chance to apply for residency permits.

Less than a quarter of those questioned opposed a second referendum on the grounds that it would be a rerun of the 2016 vote.

Mr Hammond said: "What this group of backbenchers has been doing is seeking to find a mechanism by which the House of Commons can express that view in a way which is binding and effective".

Sir Vince said it was "positive" that Mrs May had expressed a willingness to carry on talking after he told her that his party wanted the prospect of no-deal taken "off the table" and a second referendum.

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