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Irish back door ‘could be quickest exit from Brexit Britain’

[ November 22, 2018   //   ]

Head of consumer research for international courier comparison site ParcelHero, David Jinks told a conference that Ireland may well be the easiest route for couriers and hauliers into the EU following Brexit.

He suggested to delegates at the CML (Core Management Logistics) Brexit Forum that, due to political pressure, the Irish border question would be solved, even though it was presenting a serious problem in the current negotiations. Ireland could then offer the only friction-free border into the EU for UK businesses following a hard Brexit, he argued.

“Ireland could become the best gateway into Europe as traditional routes such as Dover-Calais become choked with customs checks and red tape. Following a no-deal Brexit the M20 could become a lorry park,” said Jinks.

He told the conference that the Republic of Ireland’s couriers and logistics companies are already developing new ways to the EU avoiding traditional routes via the UK. He added: “This extra capacity could be utilised by UK companies whose goods have already been cleared, friction-free, at the Irish border. Amongst the new services being introduced, CLdN has launched two mega vessels on new direct routes between Dublin and Zeebrugge, Belgium, and Rotterdam; Irish Continental Group has increased weekly freight capacity between Dublin and Cherbourg, and Brittany ferries has launched a new service between Cork and Santander, Spain.”