Post-Brexit plans unveiled for 10 free ports (BBC News)
- The government is planning to create up to 10 free ports across the UK after Brexit, which would allow firms to import goods and then re-export them outside of normal tax and customs rules.
- Labour has condemned the idea, saying that the move could attract “money launderers and tax dodgers”.
- Seaports and airports will be able to apply for free port status, to be set up after the UK is due to leave the EU on 31 October.
Lib Dems win Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, cutting Johnson majority to one (The Guardian)
- Liberal Democrat, Jane Dodds, beat outgoing Tory member Chris Davies. She has vowed to be vocal about opposing a no-deal Brexit.
- Boris Johnson is now left with a Commons working majority of just one.
- Ed Davey, the Lib Dem MP for Kingston and Surbiton, stated that “the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election was the front line of the stop Brexit campaign. This is going to make Boris Johnson’s job that much more difficult, and for those of us who are desperate to stop Brexit it’s a crucial moment.”
Brexit: Warning over cancer treatment supplies after no deal (BBC News)
- Senior doctors have called for ”urgent clarification” of plans to supply cancer treatments in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
- A “dry run” revealed problems in the supply chain system for the transportation of essential medical radioisotopes for diagnosis and therapy.
- Their supply chains operate on tight schedules, as the nuclear materials quickly decay and become unusable. And stockpiling supplies in advance of a potential no deal, as planned for some other medicines, is impossible.
- The medical groups say raising these issues is not scaremongering but trying to pre-empt potentially avoidable problems before they harm patient care.