With one year to go until Brexit day, small businesses still have big concerns over Brexit

It’s vital that David Davis makes good on delivery of unprecedented access to it for a non-EU country
“There is a risk,” the Brexit secretary told BBC journalist Andrew Marr last Sunday, “in trying to focus just on the downsides.” He went on to say that the new free-trade deal between the UK and EU will be “the most comprehensive ever”.
David Davis is not the only one feeling a measure of optimism as the 12-month countdown to Brexit day on 29 March 2019 begins. Our latest small business confidence index returned to positive territory this quarter after a steady decline last year. Continued progress on Brexit talks will be key to ensuring this upward trend continues in the months ahead.
A transition period lasting until the end of 2020 is a key ask for small firms and it’s been a relief to see a real commitment to avoiding a cliff-edge moment in recent days. Having some certainty about what the regulatory landscape will look like immediately after our withdrawal makes it much easier..

At Gaza Fence, Violence Fades as Israel Warns of Broader Response

At Gaza Fence, Violence Fades as Israel Warns of Broader Response Photo Palestinian protesters hurled stones during clashes with Israeli troops along the border between Israel and Gaza on Saturday. Credit Mohammed Saber/EPA, via Shutterstock GAZA CITY — Israel will target militant groups inside Gaza if violence along the territory’s border with Israel drags on, the chief military spokesman warned on Saturday, a day after 15 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the area’s deadliest violence in four years.
The violence significantly diminished Saturday as just small groups of Palestinians threw stones in several areas near the border fence, drawing Israeli fire that injured 25 people, the Gaza Health Ministry said.
Friday’s mass marches were largely led by Gaza’s ruling Hamas group and touted as the start of a six-week-long protest campaign against a stifling decade-old blockade of the territory.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel congratulated soldiers Saturday for allow..