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FTA urges all speed to Brexit talks

[ July 17, 2017   //   ]

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) called for negotiations to move ahead with speed to compensate for delays caused by the General Election as the second round of Brexit talks got underway on 17 July.

FTA added that reports claim EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will stray from the official agenda this week to discuss import quotas. FTA says negotiators on both sides must rapidly find a common view on topics in the first phase of negotiations to speedily move on to issues such as trade, transport, customs, and transitional arrangements, without which industry faces a cliff edge.


Pauline Bastidon, FTA’s head of European policy (pictured), said: “The clock is ticking and we urgently need agreement on the first phase of negotiations so we can move on to crucial issues such as trade, transport and the establishment of a transition period to allow businesses and authorities alike to adapt.”

She warned of “dramatic and potentially disastrous consequences” if time runs out. Without resolution of these issues, there could be restrictions on international freight transport, delays at the borders and disruptions to supply chains.

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