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UK consumers need clear idea of cost of EU purchases, Which? says
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UK consumers need clear idea of cost of EU purchases, Which? says

Consumers in Britain should be given a clearer idea of the costs they face when buying from EU retailers following Brexit so they are not left with unexpected fees or scammed, the consumer group Which? has said. Since the transition period ended, many customers buying from the EU have faced bills for VAT and, when the item has...

More than 420,000 Irish passports issued in Britain since Brexit vote, official figures show
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More than 420,000 Irish passports issued in Britain since Brexit vote, official figures show

The number of Irish passports issued in Britain surged following the Brexit vote, official figures suggest. Data shared by Ireland’s foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney – which he said showed “the number of passports issued to applicants resident in Great Britain” – suggested that figure exceeded 422,000 between 2016 and 2020. Some 46,400 and 63,500 Irish passports were issued to...

‘We’ve been sold a dud’: small firms suffer decline in post-Brexit exports
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‘We’ve been sold a dud’: small firms suffer decline in post-Brexit exports

Small businesses have reported a marked drop in exports to the EU as another company bemoaned the post-Brexit “nightmare” of delivery delays and increased costs. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), a lobby group, said 35 of the 132 exporters it surveyed had temporarily suspended trade with the EU or stopped it permanently. One in...

Starmer accepts end of EU free movement in Brexit reversal
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Starmer accepts end of EU free movement in Brexit reversal

Keir Starmer has abandoned the commitment to free movement of people in the European Union he made to Labour members during the party’s leadership contest. The Labour leader said his party had to be honest with the public, and that if it won the next general election a major renegotiation of the Brexit treaty would not be possible. The...

M&S Christmas sales slide as retailer warns of Brexit red tape’s ‘significant impact’
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M&S Christmas sales slide as retailer warns of Brexit red tape’s ‘significant impact’

Marks & Spencer’s sales fell more than 7 per cent in the run-up to Christmas as the retailer suffered from the November lockdown in England and tightened restrictions across much of the rest of the UK. Clothing and home sales plunged 24.1 per cent while the food division grew 2.6 per cent in the final quarter of the year. During the English...

Confusion over Brexit customs rules forces retailers to suspend Northern Ireland deliveries
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Confusion over Brexit customs rules forces retailers to suspend Northern Ireland deliveries

Retailers including John Lewis and Dunelm have suspended deliveries to Northern Ireland due to uncertainty about red tape to be imposed because of Brexit. Despite Boris Johnson’s insistence that there would be no border down the Irish Sea, firms have been left scrambling to ensure they can navigate the customs declarations imposed on shipments from Great Britain. Hours...

Sharing of crime-fighting data ‘slower and clunky’ under Brexit deal, former national security adviser warns
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Sharing of crime-fighting data ‘slower and clunky’ under Brexit deal, former national security adviser warns

The sharing of vital crime-fighting data will be “slower and more clunky” under Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, a former national security adviser has warned. And even the limited agreement reached with the EU will be ripped up if the UK ever pulls out of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the full document reveals. Peter Ricketts, the security chief...