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UK businesses struggle to trade with EU two years after Brexit deal

By Peter Foster

21 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement is almost two years old now, but it has made things immensely difficult for UK traders plying in small and medium-sized businesses. A report from FT.

It is now two years since the UK signed its post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, but for small businesses such as Doncaster-based Apothecary-87, the travails of trading across the English Channel show no signs of abating.

Owner Sam Martin’s range of premium beard oils and hair balms took off rapidly when his company was founded in 2012, but export growth came to a shuddering halt when the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement came into force on December 31, 2020.

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