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Budget 2018: Missed opportunity to improve trading conditions as UK prepares to Brexit

Missed opportunity to improve trading conditions as UK

James Stewart, Head of Brexit at KPMG UK comments on Budget 2018.

James Stewart

Vice Chair, Head of Brexit and Industrial Strategy

KPMG in the UK


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Responding to today budget announcement James Stewart, Head of Brexit at KPMG UK said:

“Many will feel this budget was a missed opportunity to more radically improve the UK’s trading conditions and opportunity for growth as we move towards a historic decision on our future relationship with Europe.

“Brexit uncertainty has been impacting UK investment since the EU referendum - and more recently we’ve seen it soaking up valuable resources as firms spend large sums on preparing to reconfigure supply chains, move facilities overseas or build warehouse inventory. Investment decision-makers are now painfully aware of how the Brexit deal could impact the future plans of the Chancellor.”


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