Top officials at the Confederation of British Industry and t

  he Trades Union Congress said Thursday that Britain faces a “national emergency” if politicians allow that to happen.

  ”Firms and communities across the United Kingdom are not ready for this outcome. Th

e shock to our economy would be felt by generations to come,” they wrote in a letter to May.

  McDonald’s (MCD) and KFC (YUM) joined with UK supermarkets to warn that crash

ing out of the European Union would disrupt supplies. Airbus has said that it would be forced to redirect future inv

estment away from the United Kingdom.What can the UK achieve in three weeks that it couldn’t in three years?

  The most obvious answer to this is, worryingly for some, not very much.

  While the European Union offered Prime Minister Theresa May — and her vision fo

r Brexit — a final lifeline this week, it did so with caveats and, crucially, harder deadlines than before.

  It’s these deadlines that European leaders hope will focus the minds of British la

wmakers as they return to the House of Commons to try and find a way out of the Brexit deadlock.

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