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Small Welsh businesses want seamless post-Brexit trade

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Small businesses in Wales want ease of trade to be at the heart of the UK's relationship with Europe post-Brexit.

A report from the Federation of Small Businesses says that small businesses trade based on factors such as ease and cost, and has called on the UK Government to ensure that trade with the EU single market remains as seamless as possible.

This report shows that small firms are optimistic about trading with markets such as Germany, USA and Australia, as well as emerging markets such as China and India.

However, within that optimism is a concern about potential tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade with the EU, at the very time that the Welsh economy can least afford to see a slowdown in exports.

– Janet Jones, FSB Wales Policy Unit Chair

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Welsh workers await news of expected deal to buy Vauxhall

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A Union leader has said an expected deal to sell Vauxhall to a French car giant must include a commitment to the long-term future of plants in the UK.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said thousands of Vauxhall workers at Ellesmere Port, which employs hundreds from Wales, and Luton had endured a "nerve-wracking" few weeks.

General Motors is set to announce today it will sell Vauxhall and Opel to the PSA Group, which makes Peugeot and Citroen models.

Over the weekend, the chief executives of both General Motors and the PSA Group have spoken to me to outline their plans.

Unite will ensure that these are communicated to our members at the earliest opportunity so that we can end this nerve-wracking period for these loyal workers, and move forward on how to safeguard our sites.

So while initial discussions with the PSA Group have been relatively positive, our priority now is to ensure a long-term future for our plants and the tens of thousands of workers depending on them.

– Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite
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