The comments made by Ed Miliband, the Shadow Business Secretary, on 14 June 2021.
It would be wrong for businesses to suffer because of the Government’s poor handling of our borders and failure to contain the new variant.
There is a cloud of deep anxiety and uncertainty hanging over many businesses worrying about their futures and whether economic support will be removed whilst they are still unable to trade or profit. It’s right we remain guided by the science in the decisions that are made today, but the price of any delay to the roadmap must not be paid by businesses.
Night clubs and live music venues, many restaurants and bars, the events, arts and wedding industries are still seriously affected by restrictions, but they have repeatedly been left in the dark about economic support.
Economic measures must remain in step with public health restrictions. The Government must treat businesses with respect and provide the detail and clarity they are crying out for today.