Boris Johnson’s Brexit border plans may be vulnerable to a major legal challenge from the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the international trade secretary Liz Truss has warned in a leaked cabinet letter.
Ms Truss wrote to chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Office Michael Gove raising her “concerns” that the WTO would object to a “staged” approach to checks on goods. She also warned of the risk of smuggling, since full checks would not be in place at borders by the end of 2020.
It comes as Mr Sunak defended his £30bn mini-Budget plan but admitted he was “anxious” about the state of the economy, saying the UK was “entering into a very significant recession”.
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Asked if everyone who has been furloughed will go back to work, Rishi Sunak said: “No. I’ve been very clear that we are not going to be able to protect every single job and it would be wrong of me to pretend otherwise.”