Responding to news that the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the EU "seems unlikely", Alan Reid said:
“We were told that this would be the easiest negotiation ever but, yet again, the Brexit reality is very different from the rhetoric.
"Millions of people are looking to the future with dread. With no end in sight to the COVID crisis and the worst economic forecasts for a century or more, the disruption of a no deal Brexit threatens to push the UK into total meltdown.
"This is not about party politics. It's about making sure families can put food on the table and access life saving medicines.
"The Prime Minister should make every effort to secure a trade deal that gives us a close relationship with the EU.”