Leader: Retail must help itself on Brexit if new PM won’t


As the clock ticks into a pivotal month for the future of the UK and its economy, retailers could be forgiven for feeling far from optimistic.

In just three weeks’ time, either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will take charge of the Conservative Party – and the keys to 10 Downing Street.

But neither leadership candidate has cut the most reassuring of figures for business when it comes to Brexit and its implications.

Hunt sparked anger at the weekend when he suggested he would tell any businesses that went bust as a result of a potential no-deal Brexit that their sacrifice would be worth it.

And Johnson has come under fire for his “f**k business” retort – a statement to the Belgian ambassador last year that has returned to haunt him as his policies come under scrutiny during the leadership contest.

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