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U.K. Business Warns of ‘Brexit Emergency’ as No-Deal Risk Grows

  • Companies and communities not ready for no-deal Brexit: letter
  • Business lobby and labor union chiefs write letter to May
Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, makes a statement inside number 10 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. May gambled her political future on a desperate bid to get her Brexit deal approved by Parliament, as the European Union drove Britain to the brink of an economically disastrous no-deal divorce.
Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, makes a statement inside number 10 Downing Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. May gambled her political future on a desperate bid to get her Brexit deal approved by Parliament, as the European Union drove Britain to the brink of an economically disastrous no-deal divorce.Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The U.K.’s biggest business lobby group took the rare step of joining forces with labor unions to warn Theresa May that she’s presiding over a “national emergency” on Brexit.

Avoiding a no-deal split with the European Union is “paramount” and securing an extension to the process is “essential,” Confederation of British Industry Director General Carolyn Fairbairn and Trades Union Congress General Secretary Frances O’Grady said in a letter. The two also requested an “urgent meeting” with the prime minister.