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As the Government firms up plans for a “no deal” Brexit, businesses urge the Government to secure a transition deal. Meanwhile:

• The Trade Secretary considers a possible services-focused trade deal with the US;
• Detail on the impact of job automation across UK regions; and
• techUK’s view on the state of Brexit negotiations.

All this and plenty more so make sure to get your weekly with #policypulse.

Top Tech Policy News

Business groups make urgent call for Brexit transition deal (BBC)
Cross-sector business bodies draft joint letter to Government warning “no deal” would have significant consequences for jobs and investment, echoing techUK’s view.

Trade Secretary seeks services focused trade deal with US (FT £)
Liam Fox MP said to be considering first-of-kind services trade deal, raising interesting possibilities for membership of the Customs Union.

New analysis maps automation impact across UK (Guardian)
Research by Future Advocacy indicates highest levels of future automation in former industrial heartlands, affecting areas already hit by deindustrialisation.

London Mayor leads tech start-up delegation to Paris (City AM)
Sadiq Khan embarks on a trade mission with top tech startups to foster innovation and open relationships across the Channel.

techUK Action & Reaction

Delaying EU trade talks will only create greater uncertainty for tech (techUK)
techUK’s Antony Walker responds to lack of “sufficient progress” in Brexit talks, saying compromise on both sides is key to success.

What is the current state of Brexit negotiations? (techUK)
techUK’s Giles Derrington evaluates progress of negotiations and the implications for UK tech.

To realise benefits of AI, tech must create a culture of trust (Future of Tech)
techUK’s Sue Daley considers important questions about ensuring AI decisions are auditable, challengeable and ultimately understandable by retailers and consumers.

DIT to fund UK start-ups to attend world tech expo (BBC)
Government will work with techUK to help showcase British start-ups at world’s biggest tech show, CES.

More News & Comment

New study quantifies value of open data to London (TfL)

Reboot for the AI Revolution (Nature)

The UK needs to ramp up investment in AI or be left behind (RSA)

Alan Mak: The Conservatives must champion and harness new technologies (ConHome)

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