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  • Ttvq (Photo by Michael Schofield on Unsplash)
    Article: Sep 21, 2021

    I think most of us remember the rhetoric during the Brexit referenda debates about how easy it would be to conclude a trade deal with the USA once we have left the EU, but just in case here is Brexiteer and former UKIP MP Douglas Carswell, speaking at the Institute for Government in April 2017 and claiming that setting up trade deals with the US would be seamless:

    I think free trade would be relatively straightforward between the United Kingdom and America. If it's legal to buy and sell a product in California, it should be legal to buy and sell it in Clacton Of course there'll be some caveats.

    Unfortunately, and as the Prime Minister is discovering, things are not so straightforward:

    No 10 is keen to showcase the warmth of relations between the prime minister and Biden, as well as the strong investment links between the two countries, when the pair meet in Washington on Tuesday. But Johnson, who had previously boasted of the prospects for a transatlantic trade deal, told journalists it now appeared unlikely to be imminent.

    "The reality is that Joe has a lot of fish to fry. He's got a huge infrastructure package, he's got a build back better package. We want to do it, but what we want is a good free trade agreement. And I would much rather get a deal that really works for the UK than get a quick deal."

    When reality bites it really shows up those who have ignored it up until now.

  • Event: Sep 26, 2021 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    By kind invitation of Lord and Lady Phillips.

    Contact Rebecca Simpson for details (rebeccasimpson404@yahoo.co.uk)

  • Cllr. Bryn Hurren
    Article: Sep 20, 2021

    Bryn Hurren the chair of our local party gives an update of local news from Box Vale. He also muses on what public service really means.

    You can read his full report at https://southsuffolklibdems.org.uk/en/page/latest-news-from-councillor-bryn-hurren

  • ggds (Photo by Deleece Cook on Unsplash)
    Article: Sep 19, 2021

    Today Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has announced a new flagship Education policy on the third day of the party's conference - Catch-Up Vouchers.

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for a £15 billion package of education catch-up funding, as recommended by the Government's former Education Recovery Commissioner, Sir Kevan Collins.

  • Frsd2 (Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash)
    Article: Sep 17, 2021

    99% of businesses in our economy are small businesses. Unfortunately the Government is simply not doing enough to protect them.

    The pandemic devastated small businesses as they were forced shut overnight. Retail and hospitality were among the hardest hit. As a result, many businesses are in a rent-arrears crisis with unpaid commercial rent totalling £6 billion.