Government rebuffs FTA offer of help to find Ireland trade solution

Government rebuffs FTA offer of help to find Ireland trade solution

One of the UK’s biggest logistics industry groups has offered to help the Government find a workable solution that will keep trade moving in Ireland, but to date, that offer has not been accepted.

Responding to the new Brexit plans announced by Boris Johnson earlier this week, James Hookham, Deputy CEO of FTA, said: “While a deal is preferable to the potential disruption which a no-deal Brexit would bring, FTA will continue to advise government on how the logistics industry can Keep Britain trading, whatever the potential solution.

"FTA has offered to help the Government develop and implement an effective solution for trade on the island of Ireland and, while this offer has yet to be taken up, our door remains open.”  

Hookham continued: “However, with no certainty that these new proposals will lead to a deal, we continue to urge our members to prepare as fully as possible, given the time available, for a no-deal exit from the EU. 

 “With only three weeks to go, a number of important questions and clarifications on our no-deal readiness dashboard remain unanswered, and we urge Government to resolve and mitigate the significant risks to trade still posed by a no-deal exit from the EU on 31 October.”