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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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Seven mile tailback on M4 at Newport

Seven mile tailback on M4 at newport due to accident. Credit: Traffic Wales

Two lanes are closed on the M4 Westbound at Newport and traffic is queueing for seven miles due to an accident involving two vehicles at J28 A48 / A467 Forge Road (Tredegar Park), congestion to J24 A48 / A449 (Coldra). Travel time is around 40 minutes.

France front-row switch under investigation

France's teammates celebrate after winning against Wales. Credit: Blondet Eliot/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Six Nations bosses have opened an investigation into the chaotic scenes at the end of the France-Wales game in Paris on Saturday.

Wales' interim head coach Rob Howley said the "integrity of the game had been brought into disrepute" after France replacement prop Uini Atonio went off for a head injury assessment, with starting tighthead Rabah Slimani then returning during a remarkable 20 minutes of second-half stoppage time.

Slimani had earlier been replaced but the France team doctor insisted that Atonio needed an HIA, therefore allowing Slimani to go back on as France laid siege to Wales' line through a series of scrums.

SNRL is aware of concerns about the head injury assessment that took place towards the end of the match and is looking into the matter.

No further comments will be made until the closing of the citing window and the conclusion of the enquiry.

– Six Nations Rugby statement
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