Many small UK exporters giving up on EU due to Brexit

Burden of red tape means that 25% of small UK exporters have halted sales

UK exporters are struggling with shipment delays and loss of goods due to Brexit. Photograph: NEIL HALL/EPA

UK exporters are struggling with shipment delays and loss of goods due to Brexit. Photograph: NEIL HALL/EPA

One in four small UK exporters have halted sales to the European Union because of red tape caused by Brexit, according to a survey published Monday.

The polling by the Federation of Small Businesses will add to concern that leaving the EU is further damaging the pandemic-hit economy by reducing trade and increasing costs. Official figures show exports and imports fell sharply after Britain completed its withdrawal from the bloc on December 31st.

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