Responding to the GDP figures released this morning, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said: “The lack of recovery we’re seeing in the GDP figures today is yet another a reminder that the economic effects of the pandemic are far from over, and people right across the UK continue to face immense hardship.
“Ministers must not be complacent now we have a vaccine. Instead, they must step up to provide the support that’s so desperately needed, particularly by the three million who are still excluded from any financial support from the Government.
“The Government must also avoid risking more damage being done at the end of the transition period. The Prime Minister should negotiate a six-month Adjustment Period urgently to give struggling businesses much needed breathing space, rather than the cliff-edge they’re currently facing.”