Dozens of business leaders have signed a joint letter hailing the “welcome pragmatism” of an updated Brexit deal, writes Dominic Penna, The Telegraph’s political reporter.

Seventy-eight signatories include Deborah Meaden, the star of Dragon’s Den, plus the chairmen of Virgin Group, the International Chambers of Commerce and Cobra Beer.

The statement, coordinated by the Best For Britain campaign group, reads: “This agreement will be of greatest significance to the people of Northern Ireland but its positive impact for businesses large and small, in every corner of the country, and for the UK economy as a whole should not be underestimated.

“For businesses and their customers, struggling in difficult trading conditions, this deal represents welcome pragmatism from all sides and upholds the level playing field with our closest and largest trading partners

“It can and should mark the beginning of a new chapter in UK/EU relations, one built on trust, mutual respect and shared prosperity.”

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