It was a claim guaranteed to anger bosses nationwide. Businesses had taken “a head in the sand approach” to preparing for the end of Britain’s transition period with the European Union, Lord Agnew of Oulton told the Commons Treasury select committee this month. The minister charged with Brexit preparedness said that there was “a lack of urgency on the part of too many traders”.
While he insisted that he was not seeking to apportion blame, his comments drew an immediate backlash from corporate Britain amid fears that apportioning blame is precisely what the government is preparing to do should trade with the Continent collapse into chaos in the new year.
Such concerns have been compounded by an official government advertising campaign intended to get errant