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"Brexit Britain on the road to nowhere", says FTA

June 6, 2018 9:50 AM
Originally published by Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Freight Transport Association

With three weeks to go until crunch Brexit talks in Brussels, the UK's leading logistics trade body says that its confidence in Government's ability to deliver a 'frictionless' Brexit that will 'Keep Britain Trading' with the EU is fast collapsing. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is one of the UK's largest and most influential industry groups with 16,800 members, and speaks for the whole of the logistics industry.

The FTA has identified eight priorities to Keep Britain Trading:

  1. Urgent confirmation of the terms and duration of the transition/implementation period
  2. Frictionless trading arrangements during the transition/implementation period
  3. Continued access for UK companies to the benefits of EU agreements with third countries throughout the transition period
  4. Urgent clarification regarding the UK's customs classification system, duty rates and VAT arrangements to be used after Brexit in the absence of an agreement
  5. Arrangements ensuring that conformity, sanitary and phytosanitary checks can take place at the point of production rather than at the border
  6. Continued unrestricted numbers of vehicles able to cross the UK-EU border
  7. Continued recognition of vocational driving licences and qualifications, such as Driver Certificate of Professional Competence
  8. Ability to retain EU workers currently employed by the UK logistics sector and continued access to EU logistics workers employed in the UK on a seasonal basis, but not permanent residents in the UK, to cope with peak demand

To read the FTA press release in full click here.

To visit the FTA Brexit centre click here.