FTA frustrated at Brexit lack of progress

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said it was frustrated by the lack of progress in Brexit negotiations, following the failure of the latest summit talks to achieve anything concrete in mid-October. Head of European policy, Pauline Bastidon, commented: “With March 2019 fast approaching, it’s frustrating negotiators on both sides have still not reached an agreement and seem content to once again kick the can down the road. We are now being ... [+]

Brexit breathing space would be welcome, says Irish freight industry

FTA Ireland said it would welcome an extended Brexit transition period, following suggestions by UK Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday during negotiations with Brussels. The Trade Association suggested that it should last at least one year, to allow the logistics sector to prepare for the future trading environment. FTAI general manager Aidan ... [+]

UK customs plans will take a decade to realise, says Clecat

UK plans for a Facilitated Customs Arrangement (FCA) could take up to a decade to put into practice and are not a realistic solution to the problems posed by Brexit, says forwarder’s group Clecat in a new position paper published on 16 October. The group is urging Brexit negotiators to prevent ... [+]

M26 ‘to become Brexit lorry park’ says newspaper

Work is to start on turning the M26 motorway in Kent into an emergency lorry park, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper. Overnight closures for surveying work have already started and there will be further closures in December to install gates in the central reservation. The M26 forms a ... [+]

Get ready for ‘no deal’ disruption, warns Tudor Freight boss

Managing director of Leeds-based Tudor International Freight, David Johnson, has repeated his warning to businesses trading with the EU to brace themselves for a period of disruption. With major remaining differences of opinion on issues such as the Irish border between Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU and within ... [+]

UK government moves to solve Irish border conundrum

The UK government has made a new proposal that includes keeping the UK in the EU customs union “indefinitely” to help unblock Brexit negotiations solve the Irish border issue, reports EUObserver. Under the plan, the whole of the UK would remain in the customs union a framework on the future relationship ... [+]

UKWA frustrated at post-Brexit migrant plans

United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) chief executive Peter Ward says he is disappointed and frustrated that the Government seems not to have recognised the critical labour shortage facing the warehousing and logistics industry, a sector that depends on immigrant labour – particularly at peak times. He described the announcement at the ... [+]

FTA welcomes ‘no deal’ papers

The Freigfht Transport Association says said that it welcomed publication of the government's No Deal Notices for road haulage, aviation and food exports and imports  on 24 September. It said that while they confirmed what it already knew it would help traders and logistics companies prepare for the worst case ... [+]

Alarm bells ring at FTA over Brexit

The Freight Transport Association(FTA) says it is deeply concerned by the lack of progress in Brexit negotiations and the rhetoric used on both sides in the past few days.  With the threat of No Deal looming on the horizon, FTA is urging the UK and EU-27 leaders, including the European ... [+]

Barnier relents on Ireland border checks

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on 18 September that he was ready to improve its offer on how Ireland’s customs affairs would be managed, with most physical checks carried out away from the Ulster land border, the BBC has reported. However, he also warned that the "moment of ... [+]

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