Brexit – Keeping Britain Trading

The Brexit vote will have important consequences for FTA members across the supply chain. FTA has embraced the challenge. Due to the diversity of the FTA membership, we are in a unique position...

Friday 06 April 2018

The withdrawal of the UK from the EU will have important consequences for businesses across supply chains, whether they operate globally, at European level or domestically. FTA is actively engaged in campaigning to ensure that members’ needs are understood and to secure a positive post-Brexit environment for trade and logistics. Due to the diversity of its membership, FTA is in a unique position...

The Government gave official notice that the UK would leave the EU (a notification under Article 50 of the EU Treaty), on 29 March 2017. Exit negotiations under Article 50 will end on 29 March 2019.  After this date, significant changes could take place if a transition and implementation period is not secured.

Brexit will potentially bring important changes in terms of customs procedures and other border formalities, regulatory regimes, and transport law, to name but a few. These changes could affect procurement and logistics choices and delivery lead times for EU-UK trade. Brexit will also bring changes to companies operating domestically, for instance in terms of access to skills. Brexit will also affect global trade to and from the UK, opening new opportunities.

FTA is focused on championing the interests of all its members, whether they operate domestically, across Europe or globally, as negotiations are underway. The FTA team is working closely with all relevant departments and agencies across Government and in the devolved administrations. Through our Brussels-based staff, FTA is also communicating the concerns of industry to EU-27 negotiators, especially Michel Barnier’s Task Force, as well as Members of the European Parliament. Finally, FTA is particularly well positioned to support Members in exploiting future opportunities for trade and logistics in wider global markets through the Global Shippers Forum.

What is FTA campaigning for?

In London, Brussels, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, FTA is promoting a positive agenda focused key priorities.

  • Making the most of global opportunities
  • Retaining maximum and as frictionless as possible access to EU markets after Brexit
  • Making the most of Brexit domestically to build a stronger Britain.

FTA has identified eight priorities to Keep Britain Trading:

  1.  Urgent confirmation of the terms and duration of the transition/implementation period
  2.  Frictionless trading arrangements during the transition/implementation period
  3.  Continued access for UK companies to the benefits of EU agreements with third countries   throughout the transition period
  4.  Urgent clarification regarding the UK’s customs classification system, duty rates and VAT   arrangements to be used after Brexit in the absence of an agreement
  5.  Arrangements ensuring that conformity, sanitary and phytosanitary checks can take place at the   point of production rather than at the border
  6.  Continued unrestricted numbers of vehicles able to cross the UK-EU border
  7.  Continued recognition of vocational driving licences and qualifications, such as Driver Certificate   of Professional Competence
  8.  Ability to retain EU workers currently employed by the UK logistics sector and continued access   to EU logistics workers employed in the UK on a seasonal basis, but not permanent residents in   the UK, to cope with peak demand

Find out more

Contact James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive at FTA 

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