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Lord Pickles, Lord Falconer, and report authors Ed Balls, Emily Benn, Peter Sands and Nyasha Weinberg discussed the paper: “Deal or no Deal?’’ ‘Businesses’ Views on the Endgame of the Brexit Negotiations’.

The report, based on interviews with more than 120 small and medium-sized businesses, academics and trade associations, suggests that a lot of SMEs are much less enthusiastic about the Prime Minister’s deal than the CBI. A majority of respondents would support Mrs May’s draft withdrawal pact if the only alternative were a “No Deal” scenario. Many expressed a deep concern about the continuing uncertainty created by the government’s plans.