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A perfect storm has pitched the UK economy into troubled waters

Analysis: A new Covid variant, tougher lockdowns, record redundancies and clogged ports have arrived as Brexit turmoil looms

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Britain’s economy is suffering increasing damage from the rapid growth in Covid infections, renewed lockdown measures, and turmoil over Brexit at the end of the worst year for growth in three centuries, according to a Guardian analysis.

With negotiations going down to the wire amid vast tailbacks at Dover before the Brexit transition expires on New Year’s Eve, the latest figures from the UK economy show stalling growth, falling retail sales, and redundancies rising at the fastest rate since records began.

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Brexit poses grave risks to UK health and care sector, report finds

Disruption to medicine supply chains and barriers to science investment will hit sector, Nuffield Trust says

The health and care sector faces a perilously uncertain future after Brexit, a new report has said.

The thinktank stated: “The perilously uncertain future facing the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period could put the UK’s health and care system at risk.”

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Brexit deadlock: EU members asked to think over No 10 fishing offer

France and Denmark thought to be most cautious about budging from current demands on fish caught in British waters

EU member states with the largest fishing fleets are being asked by Ursula von der Leyen’s senior team to rethink their “final offer” after Downing Street made a significant move to break the Brexit deadlock.

France and Denmark are understood to be the most cautious about making a counter-proposal, budging from their current demand that their vessels lose only 25% by value of the fish they catch in British waters.

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Lorry drivers fear being stuck in Dover for Christmas as borders close

Trucks stranded in Kent after France shuts borders to UK traffic think situation will get worse after Brexit

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With just days to go before Christmas, lorry drivers held up in and around Dover by European travel bans fear they may not be able to make it back home in time for celebrations with their families, and the long delays are a sign of things to come in January after the Brexit transition period ends.

On the darkest and dankest day of the year, Daniel, from Romania, had been waiting four hours in Kent with a van full of printing cylinders from Gillingham due to be delivered to Nancy in France on Monday.

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