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BIFA says CBI Brexit report hits the nail on the head

[ July 30, 2019   //   ]

BIFA has applauded the Confederation of British Industry’s warning that neither the UK nor the EU is ready for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association says: “As the trade body that speaks for the sector of the economy that is responsible for managing the supply chains that underpin the UK’s visible international trade, we’ve been vocal in our concerns that our members cannot prepare for a no-deal Brexit, given the ongoing uncertainty over many issues that affect how they conduct that trade.”
Earlier this month it was revealed that very few companies have registered for a new government online system designed to protect VAT revenues on foreign parcels in the event of a no-deal Brexit, leading BIFA to question whether government is actually listening to advice from industry experts.
Keen adds: “In the last few days, we have a seen a completely new government installed, which is intent on the UK leaving the EU with, or without a deal.
“With less than 100 days to the Brexit deadline, departments in that new government must urgently step up their preparations, engage with and listen to trade associations such as BIFA, immediately step up their preparations and deliver clear advice on how trade will be conducted after 31 October, deal or no deal. Talk is all well and good; but what we now need is clear information and instructions.”