Current preparations for a no-deal Brexit scenario will not stop a virtual collapse of trade because of the lack of available permits allowing vehicles to and from mainland Europe, the FTA is warning.
Commenting on the difficulties and challenges for road haulage preparing for Brexit, FTA’s Deputy Chief Executive, James Hookham told the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub Committee: “FTA’s relationship with the Department for Transport has often been one of tension and difficulty; a no-deal Brexit would make trading challenging between the EU and UK, so there’s a lot at stake.
“We believe officials are behaving valiantly in their attempts to prepare for a no-deal scenario, particularly in areas such as trailer registration, and are pleased with their vigour and pace in taking the necessary steps. FTA has been campaigning relentlessly to portray the seriousness of this situation and pleased to say ministers do listen to us and take on board our counsel.
“Despite this progress, these contingency plans are unlikely to make a significant difference to the virtual collapse of trade, should we leave without an agreement in place, due to the lack of available permits allowing vehicles to and from mainland Europe, for both British and EU-27 vehicles.
“Both FTA and the government are aware we must reach agreements on the mutual recognition of licences and driver qualifications to continue the frictionless trade post-Brexit we were promised by the Prime Minister in January 2017.”
Posted on: November 2nd 2018