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No-deal Brexit would hit 'red wall' areas hard, manufacturers warn

Lobby group says former Labour seats have most to lose from collapse of talks

Britain’s manufacturers have warned Boris Johnson that former “red wall” seats won by the Tories in last year’s election would be at most risk of severe economic damage from Brexit talks collapsing.

Sounding the alarm with less than six months before the end of the Brexit transition period, the manufacturing lobby group Make UK and the accountancy firm BDO said industrial areas in the north of England, the Midlands and Wales could face a “triple whammy” should a deal with the EU fail to emerge.

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Julian Lewis has Tory whip removed after beating Chris Grayling to top security job

Julian Lewis has had the Conservative whip removed just hours after beating Number 10’s pick to chair a powerful security watchdog.

15/07/2020 -


The Guardian view on Brexit and devolution: a crisis in the making | Editorial

The union is in jeopardy if Boris Johnson treats Scottish concerns over Brexit as casually as he treats everything else

One of Boris Johnson’s first acts on becoming prime minister was to award himself the title of “minister for the union”. The position has its own page on the official government website, but under the rubric, where portfolio responsibilities usually appear, there is only blank space. The symbolic title is meant to signify Mr Johnson’s commitment to strengthening ties between the four nations of the UK. That is a tacit acknowledgment that the Conservative leader is easily cast as a prime minister for England only, and that his Brexit plans put the union in jeopardy.

The threat is most potent in Scotland, where a majority voted remain and Nicola Sturgeon is deft in tapping the frustration of people who do not vote Tory and feel overruled. Holyrood elections next May look likely to perpetuate the dominance of the Scottish National party and award Ms Sturgeon another term as first minister. Nationalists would demand a second independence referendum. Mr Johnson is disinclined to grant one.

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