UK among hardest hit nations by pandemic, says OECD

The report says it’s important for the UK to conclude a trade deal with the European Union by the end of the year. Failure to do so would, it says, “entail serious additional economic disturbances in the short term and have a strongly negative effect on trade, productivity and jobs in the longer term”.

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