What the local elections say about Brexit (FT)

  • In Thursday’s local elections, Conservatives lost 600 seats and Labour almost 80 seats.
  • Tory voters have struck out at the party for May’s failure to deliver a Brexit deal and the disarray in the government. Labour voters have been dissatisfied with the Party’s mixed signals over Brexit.
  • The local election results have put increased pressure on May and Corbyn to reach a cross-party agreement on Brexit, over which they have been in negotiations over the past few weeks.
  • The success of the pro-European Liberal Democrats might suggest that voters prefer a clear stance over Brexit rather than the confusion of the Conservative and Labour parties.

French and German business comparatively averse to invest in UK (MLex)

  • A UK government survey revealed German and French business were more averse to trade with and invest in the UK as a consequence of Brexit than other non-EU countries surveyed.
  • 46 per cent of German companies surveyed and 45 per cent of French ones said they would be “less likely to buy or import products or services from companies in the UK” as a result of Brexit.
  • Of the other countries surveyed (US, Japan, China, Hong Kong, India and United Arab Emirates), the most survey participants to indicate they were less likely to trade and invest with the UK were from the UAE at 15%, whereas the outlook of the Japanese survey participants appeared the least affected by Brexit.

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