Retailers voice fears over Brexit abandonment of EU rules

Sajid Javid's comments alarmed retail trade body the BRC

Trade body the BRC has reacted with concern to chancellor Sajid Javid’s plans to ditch EU rules as Brexit looms.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) issued a warning that consumers could face higher food bills after Javid told the Financial Times that he was ruling out alignment with EU regulations.

He told the newspaper: “There will not be alignment, we will not be a rule-taker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union – and we will do this by the end of the year.”

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