Statement on my appointment as Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary

I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to have been appointed by Jo Swinson as the Liberal Democrat’s new Shadow Foreign Secretary, scrutinising the work of Dominic Raab and the Foreign Office. ‪In addition to my responsibilities as the Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary, I will also be leading on the Department for Trade and Department for

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Government flailing no-deal preparation shows scale of Brexit crisis

Following the Liberal Democrats forcing the government to release the figures that showed only three in ten businesses who export to the EU had registered for an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, HMRC have today announced they will be automatically enrolling companies in an attempt to prepare for Brexit. In a no-deal Brexit,

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Tory Brexit plans crashing the UK economy

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that the UK gross domestic product is estimated to have fallen by 0.2% in Q2 (April-June) 2019. Growth in the services sector output slowed to 0.1% in Quarter 2 2019. The production sector contracted by 1.4% in Q2 2019, providing the largest downward contribution to

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BoE confirms any form of Brexit increases recession risk

In its quarterly inflation report, published today, the Bank of England has warned that even with the smoothest possible Brexit there is a 1/3 chance of a UK recession.  Also published today, the IHS Markit PMI for UK Manufacturing showed that production in the sector fell to its lowest in seven years. Today the Bank

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Sajid Javid must end the Tory agenda benefiting the 1%

Following the appointment of Sajid Javid as Chancellor of the Exchequer, I have written a letter calling on him to protect the British economy from Brexit and to ensure it works for all Britons, not just the richest. The letter sent to Sajid Javid last night is as follows: Dear Sajid, Congratulations on your appointment

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Boris Johnson’s Brexit already damaging British business

The Industrial Trends Survey published today by the CBI, shows that UK manufacturing output fell at the fastest pace since the financial crisis. Boris Johnson talks about the need for a ‘can do’ attitude but by pursuing a ‘no deal’ Brexit he is asking British businesses to run up a down escalator – which makes

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