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Businesses are not prepared for Brexit. How could they be?

Firms couldn’t plan as the government refused to confront the realities of leaving. Now we are out of time

By Christopher Grey  

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There has been a tone of increasing frustration and alarm in government statements about business preparedness for the end of the Brexit transition period. Cabinet minister Theodore Agnew recently accused firms of “burying their heads in the sand,” while the “Check, Change, Go” communication campaign has now adopted the panicky-sounding headline “time is running out.”

It’s certainly true that numerous surveys have shown a widespread lack of preparation. Overall, just 12.5 per cent of businesses feel ready for what is to come; in the food…

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