Britain’s new PM must focus on getting small firms ready for no deal – Brexit minister

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay arrives at Downing Street in London, Britain June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s new prime minister will have to work to help smaller companies prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Sunday, describing the sector’s preparations as less advanced.

“There is a difference between the preparation of many large firms and the current position of many of the smaller, medium-sized firms,” he told Sky News.

“Many small businesses hear members of parliament … (saying) that no deal will be taken off the table and therefore assume that they don’t need to prepare.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by John Stonestreet

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