• NHS unprepared for no-deal Brexit, leaked letter warns: Hospitals face running out of drugs in a chaotic no-deal Brexit, the group that represents NHS hospital and ambulance service has privately warned. Poor co-ordination by ministers and health service bosses means there has been a failure to prepare for the UK to be left without a Brexit deal, a leaked letter from NHS Providers said. NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson’s letter, sent to NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and NHS Improvement chief Ian Dalton on Friday, was leaked to the Times. “Our members have begun planning … but they have hit a problem, in that some activities are clearly best done at a national level and, in the view of trusts, are best co-ordinated by NHS England and NHS Improvement. “However there has been no formal communication to trusts from either of your organisations on this issue.” (The Guardian)
  • Liam Fox to offer UK firms help to export more after Brexit: Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, has launched a plan to increase Britain’s exports from 30 per cent to 35 per cent of gross domestic product but did not specify a timeframe or to commit new funds. The new strategy comes at a time of uncertainty for British exporters, with a rise of global protectionism and no agreement yet on relations with the EU after Brexit. New measures include placing more information online and announcing when ministers are to travel overseas, giving companies the chance to piggyback on their visits. The government will also look to introduce new types of loans via UK Export Finance (UKEF), which has committed only £22bn of its £50bn headroom. The Federation of Small Business welcomed the 35 per cent target but said it was “concerning to see a lack of definitive, detailed interventions set out in the strategy”. (Financial Times)