EU No-Deal Still Haunts UK Medtechs As Brexit Remains On A Knife Edge
The UK is the middle of a week of Brexit votes in Parliament, but confusion for medtechs and the wider industrial community has not been quelled at all, regardless of two days of voting already, and a third to come today.
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