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This page last updated on 20 December 2020

Check contracts now 'to reduce risk of Brexit litigation'

SOUTHPORT businesses can help to avoid possible Brexit legal issues by being open with their business partners on its potential effects, according to a leading business lawyer. With only days until the Brexit transition period ends, Jon Esner from Southport based regional law firm Napthens says that businesses need to be honest with their customers and suppliers now to reduce the risk of litigation should a deal not be reached between the UK and EU. The result of new procedures could mean delays to shipments from suppliers in addition to increased costs from customs duties, meaning exporters to the EU could fail to fulfil contractual obligations, leaving them exposed to potential litigation. Jon Esner said:- "For companies who export to the EU there is a very real chance you will be impacted by rising costs from tariffs, regulations and potential delays, especially if a deal isn't agreed with the EU. It is vital that you check your contracts to see whether you have set times of delivery that you may not be able to comply with. If so, you could be at risk of litigation. Exporters with contracts in place for delivery may be able to rely on a force majeure clause to manage any delayed deliveries but for it to be valid you may have to give notice to your customer as soon as possible. That means speaking to customers now and making them aware of the issues before you become liable for failing to fulfil the contract. We do expect to see rising litigation and disputes from unfulfilled contracts as a result of Brexit delays, so it is important that you take steps now before it is too late."

Europe closes boarders to UK for 48 hours and expected to trigger "significant disruption"

ON 20 December 2020, nations across Europe moved to halt inbound flights from the UK in a bid to prevent the spread of a Coronavirus mutation sweeping through London and the South East of England. This move comes as Ports are now shut to all outgoing traffic leaving the UK, heading for Europe, until further notice. It is not just ferry services and flights being stopped, but also Eurotunnel has announced that both the Eurostar and Shuttle Services have had all been stopped until further notice.

With Brexit stockpiling, the Christmas rush, and the closer the borders for 48 hours, this will leave the UK with serious disruption issues that will affect all important and non-essential supply chains. We are also told that Freight coming into Britain from France, is currently allowed, but there are fears that lorry drivers will not travel out of Europe in order to avoid being stuck in the UK.


Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urged the public and haulers not to travel to Ports within Kent, including Dover, adding:- "We expect significant disruption in those areas." 

A Government notice sent to use also said:- "While we are expecting especially severe disruption in the Kent area, other Prts facing France will also be impacted. As a result, we are immediately asking all hauliers to avoid all roll on roll off routes to France, including Kent ports. Hauliers and their customers should delay shipments or seek other routes; unaccompanied freight to France and roll on roll off services to other EU countries are not affected. We will also work hard to support those businesses impacted."

With travel prohibited out of the UK, many are asking if it is not time for the UK Government to impose Police Check Points and stop people moving in and out of Tier 4 areas. Using supply drops points to get supplies in and out of those areas, as the worry is, the areas in lower Tiers will become affected by the new strain, as people will try to avoid the restrictions within those areas.

Sadly this could not come at a worse time. This rightly so imposed lockdown of UK borders could result in the worst-case scenario for the UK economy coming true in early 2021. We are hearing already of disruption to food supplies in the UK, as well as difficulties in meeting orders of British goods heading out of the UK into Europe due to Brexit, but this will diffidently be:- "the straw that broke the camel's back."

This is now a very real possibility as Downing Street has again said on Sunday, that we will be leaving on World Trade Organisation terms on 31 December 2020, as the UK will not back down. we are now hearing UK firms are getting ready to apologize for the inconvenience of late shipments, and the resulting job losses, should the Government not strike a deal with Europe over fishing rights.

The UK is also awaiting further details from relevant Governments in other parts of the World on how travel restrictions will be enforced should they follow Europe's path.

Please email us your thoughts on this to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

What's on at the Bijou Cinema this Christmas?

THE Southport Bijou Cinema is Great little Cinema tucked away in the back streets off Lord Street, on Post Office Ave, Southport, PR90US. Unlike many big name cinemas Southport Bijou Cinema CIC is a Volunteer led and not for profit Community Interest Company, showing non-mainstream films, as well as many long forgotten films as well as others that have been released a few years ago.

Like all cinemas, this year has been an exceptionally hard year for them and as the Bijou is a CIC, this means the lack of trade has hit them extremely hard and they need your support. Please remember that Liverpool City Region (Merseyside) for the run up to Christmas, has been placed in Tier 2 and that means the Bijou is permitted to open, however extra guidance and restrictions are still in play.

These are the Christmas films for 2020:-
Mon 21 Dec 2020, 2:30PM
Sold Out

Tue 22 Dec 2020, 2:30PM
Sold Out

Wed 23 Dec 2020, 2:30PM

ELF (PG) 2003
Thu 24 Dec 2020, 2:30PM
Sold Out

Thu 24 Dec 2020, 7:30PM
Sold Out

Sun 27 Dec 2020, 2:30PM

JOKER (15) 2019
Mon 28 Dec 2020, 7:30PM

Tue 29 Dec 2020, 2:30PM

1917 (15) 2019
Wed 30 Dec 2020, 2:30PM
Thu 31 Dec 2020, 2:30PM

FROZEN 2 (U) 2019
Fri 1 Jan 2021, 2:30PM

Sat 2 Jan 2021, 2:30PM

Sat 2 Jan 2021, 7:30PM

Sun 3 Jan 2021, 2:30PM

Mon 4 Jan 2021, 7:30PM

Tue 5 Jan 2021, 2:30PM

V FOR VENDETTA (15) 2005
Thu 7 Jan 2021, 7:30PM

Fri 8 Jan 2021, 7:30PM

Due to the Covid19 Pandemic, the cinema is running on reduced capacity, so please book early if you want to see any of the films they are showing, or risk being disappointed. When arriving at the Bijou please observe Social Distancing Floor Markers and wear a face covering (£1 Single-Use Masks are available to buy before entry). To book tickets go to:- SouthportBijouCinema.Co.UK.

Total UK cases Covid19 cases in and around Liverpool City Region

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (Covid19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:- 35,928 cases and the total number now stand at:- 2,040,147 that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

The total number of Covid19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be:-
326, within 28 days of positive test, according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is:- 67,401, within 28 days of positive test. Deaths with Covid19 on the death certificate:- 76,287.

The number of Covid19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
18,771. The current number of Covid19 patients currently in mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:- 1,364 Daily number of Covid19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:- 2,034.

In England, there are a total of:- 1,743,893 confirmed cases. North West - total of:-
337,264 confirmed cases.

The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-


Area and number of confirmed cases:- Risen by:-

National UK Lockdown

Tier 2

Liverpool City Region

Liverpool, 25,603 confirmed cases.


Halton, 5,181 confirmed cases.


Knowsley, 8,283 confirmed cases. 63
Sefton, 11,182 confirmed cases.


St. Helens, 8,286 confirmed case.


Wirral, 10,784 confirmed cases.


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The number of laboratory confirmed cases within Local Authorities around the Liverpool City Region, since start of the Pandemic, are as follows:-


 Blackburn with Darwen, 10,719 confirmed cases.

 Blackpool, 5,813 confirmed cases.

 Bolton, 16,364 confirmed cases.

 Bury, 10,864 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire East, 10,436 confirmed cases.

 Cheshire West and Chester, 10,344 confirmed cases.

 Lancashire, 54,152 confirmed cases.

 Manchester, 33,530 confirmed cases.

 Oldham, 15,982 confirmed cases.

 Preston, 8,095 confirmed cases.

 Rochdale, 13,925 confirmed cases.

 Salford, 14,453 confirmed cases.

 Stockport, 11,490 confirmed cases.

 Tameside, 11,134 confirmed cases.

 Trafford, 9,493 confirmed cases.

 Warrington, 9,203 confirmed cases.

 Wigan, 18,113 confirmed cases.


Daily reported Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed positive Covid19 test.   Daily and cumulative numbers of Covid19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are not comparable as Wales include suspected Covid19 patients while the other nations include only confirmed cases.


The latest R number is estimated at:- 1.1 to 1.2 with a daily infection growth rate range of:- +1% to +4%, as of 18 December 2020. . Cases are rising fast again, so please take care.

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