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FTA warn that trade is at risk because of lack of Brexit progress
FTA warn that trade is at risk because of lack of Brexit progress

FTA warn that trade is at risk because of lack of Brexit progress

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has reiterated warnings about the threat that a lack of Brexit progress poses to the country’s trade.

Representing all of logistics, the business group’s frustration has been heightened by the fact that time is moving forward without discernible progress being made.

Associations within the transport and logistics sectors have previously made it clear that more progress needs to be made and almost five months to the day that Britain will exit the EU, sufficient progress has yet to be made.

Aside from the no-deal notices released, the government has yet to provide clear directions on required Brexit preparations.

The FTA has already made its feelings clear about the potential consequences associated with a no-deal Brexit, and the Association believes those businesses that move goods and services between the UK and Europe need “urgent answers” in order to ensure trade is not stunted.

Pauline Bastidon, Head of European Policy at the FTA, wants to see more coordinated action to give industry the security required, and ensure trade flourishes.

She said: “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.

“Months ago, FTA listed a number of key elements on which we needed answers to and clear decisions on as part of our ‘Keep Britain Trading’ agenda. With less than six months left until Brexit, we are forced to recognise that progress on these items is extremely limited. Even the transition period is not a certainty at this stage.

“The current state of uncertainty leaves the logistics sector in limbo, as our members are forced to plan for an uncertain future.

“Given the increased likelihood of no deal, FTA urges the European Commission and UK government to better coordinate Brexit preparedness efforts.”

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