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Be prepared for no-deal Brexit, warns European Commission – updated

[ July 23, 2018   //   ]

Transport between the UK and the European Union would be severely impacted in the event of a so-called ‘no-deal’ Brexit, the European Commission has warned in a paper to the rest of the Union.

It says that customs, sanitary and phytosanitary controls at borders could cause significant delays in road transport, and difficulties for ports.

It adds that if the UK becomes a third country with relations with the EU governed by general international public law, including rules of the World Trade Organisation, “in heavily regulated sectors, this would represent a significant drawback compared to the current level of market integration.”

The paper adds: “It is important that businesses prepare and that they take action now, assess the potential impacts of a cliff-edge scenario on their business model, make the necessary economic decisions and take and conclude all required administrative steps before 30 March 2019.”

potential “no deal in the ongoing negotiations.

With just over 240 days left until ‘Brexit Day’ on 29 March 2019, Ireland’s logistics industry is warning businesses to focus on preparedness for a potential “no deal” resolution to the ongoing and to focus on the potential changes which could be required to trading relationships from March next year.

With the two sides still “nowhere near a meaningful agreement”  this leaves Irish businesses in a no-man’s land, said FTAI’s general manager, Aidan Flynn.

He added: “Politicians on all sides must start taking the consequence of their actions much more seriously and that means delivering a palatable Brexit. We must as a matter of urgency have more clarity over what the future will hold to ensure arrangements can be made within the supply chain, jobs are protected and contracts can be negotiated with confidence.”

Flynn said that the EU’s latest advice has raised the urgency for creating contingency plans for businesses tasked with keeping Irish trade and industry operating.


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