Draft Brexit agreement: Freight industry reaction

Draft Brexit agreement: Freight industry reaction

Business groups from the freight and logistics sector have reacted positively and acknowledged the progress being made by the Government in its draft Brexit agreement.
 
The FTA recognisd it as a "decisive step forwards" in the process of the UK’s departure from the EU and the detail includes essential elements which will allow "continued frictionless movement of goods and maintain the integrity of the UK’s supply chain".    
 
In a statement, the FTA said: "Remaining in the Customs Union will maintain seamless transport of goods and services between the UK and the EU until a new trade agreement can be negotiated, while the protection of citizen’s rights, both in the UK and the EU, will safeguard the logistics workforce.   
 
“A transition period, which FTA has been lobbying for, will enable Britain’s businesses to prepare for a seamless transition to new trading arrangements, without concerns over a cliff edge which could be disastrous for the supply chain. Today’s news is a decisive step in the right direction, and FTA calls on parliament to respect these crucial economic factors in deciding how it votes, to avoid a disorderly departure from the EU which could cause untold problems for manufacturers, retailers and exporters and protect the ability for Britain to keep trading. 
 
Speaking after a briefing from the Chancellor and the Business Secretary, David Wells, Chief Executive of FTA commented:  “The draft text seems to have recognised the vital importance of preserving the frictionless movement of goods and the availability of EU workers whilst a new permanent trade deal is negotiated. If so, we believe it is crucial that MPs understand how important these outcomes are to economy and the economic security and welfare of the country.”
 
The RHA akso acknowledged the progress announced on a draft Brexit agreement between the UK and EU. It said the agreement is “an important step given there is currently no workable solution for EU-UK cross border road haulage by March 2019.”
 
RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett added: “Whatever the outcome of negotiations a transition period is essential – it would be catastrophic for the supply chain if we didn’t have one.
 
“We must have the time to put in place processes to allow lorries to continue to cross borders without delays.”
 
The RHA argues the haulage trade doesn’t have clear instructions on what to do after March 2019 and clarity is badly needed as lack of preparation and organisation has frustrated logistics and wider business.