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Lord Rose backs Brexit deal

Retail heavyweight and former Remain campaigner Lord Rose has urged MPs to vote in favour of the Brexit deal struck by prime minister Boris Johnson and the European Union yesterday.

The deal ditches the Irish backstop, and instead creates a new customs border down the Irish Sea, the BBC has said. It will be put before parliament tomorrow. 

Chairman of Ocado and fashion retail veteran Lord Rose called on business to support the deal. 

The former chair of the pro-remain, Britain Stronger in Europe campaign told BBC’s Today programme: “This deal isn’t ideal. There isn’t a lot of difference between what Theresa May had and what Boris Johnson has got this morning, but this deal is I think now today the best deal we’ll get, and certainly it is better absolutely than a hard Brexit.

“I was involved in the Remain campaign. I am remainer, but I’m also a realist, a pragmatist and I’m respectful of the democratic process.

“We’ve just got to move on. We’ve got to reflect on the pros and cons put aside our differences. We’ve got to lean in, and think the bigger picture and purpose.

“I support it. I hope the business will and I’m involved in businesses in the car, food and clothing, and the people in the businesses that I’m involved in they want to move on.

“This Christmas is the fourth Christmas – if you’re involved in the consumer business – of uncertainty. People want to know where they’re headed. And we need to get back, much more importantly, to investing in our businesses. I don’t care what anyone says, investment in business is down and has been delayed.”

Rose sits as a Conservative peer in the House of Lords.






Readers' comments (4)

  • So true Lord Rose we need to move on and put this behind us now. We need stability and a plan forward for all business. This is the best deal we are going to get and really not much different from May's deal.We cannot keep fighting this is affecting many people and businesses with so much uncertainty.

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  • So true lord rose and Hina, 'realism, pragmatism and respecting democracy' as Lord Rose summarises. We absolutely need to move forward and start working within a new framework. The infighting & division has to stop. Then we can start solving some of the real issues that our sector faces.

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  • Lord Rose, hold your faith. This deal is as polished a txxd as our deceitful PM once described May's deal. In fact it's dangerously worse: with the deletion of the backstop there's now nothing to stop us careering towards a hard Brexit when we fail to agree a new trade deal in the months to come, which is possibly Johnson & Cummings' hidden agenda.

    March with us tomorrow for a further referendum. We've come so far and it would be tragic to allow this suicide pact to continue.

    Unlike you, Stuart, I voted for Brexit but have long since realised that my hopes are simply not attainable without disproportionate cost.

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  • When I have an important decision to make I always think I should ask myself what would Stuart Rose do ! Sorry Drapers it's a non story when you've got nothing else to print .

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