The government and Parliament have been ‘implored’ to gain consensus on a Brexit withdrawal agreement by the haulage sector.
Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA), was speaking after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered the worst defeat by a sitting government in the history of British politics.
On Tuesday night, MPs voted on the deal which set out terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union on 29 March.
However, the deal was rejected by 432 votes to 202, which led to the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, tabling a vote of no confidence in the government.
The government has survived that vote, which leaves us at an impasse regarding the terms and conditions for withdrawal from the EU.
With little over two months until Britain officially leaves, no agreements have been made, which makes the UK extremely vulnerable to a no-deal which many industries including haulage, have been vociferous in their opposition to; it would lead to chaos and uncertainty, and could result in shortage of suppliers for several sectors.
Haulage is one sector that is vital for the health of the UK economy; if its organisations are delayed or thwarted completely from moving goods and services, it could be catastrophic.
Yet, MPs cannot agree on the type of Brexit deal they want; but the RHA’s Chief Executive, warned that a consensus is absolutely imperative – with a transition period vital.
He said: “It is imperative that any withdrawal deal includes a transition period to establish new and efficient border technology, and systems across industry need to be put in place to avoid disastrous queues at ports and also a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
“In addition, a deal would avoid reliance on an acute shortage of permits and measures for customs that are unworkable and impractical.”