18 OCT 2017

Industry leaders need "certainty" over Brexit

Industry leaders have called for "certainty" from Government in order to be ready on day one to make a success of Brexit at the Channel Ports.

Representatives from Eurotunnel, the Road Haulage Association and a major logistics firm last night took part in the panel discussion I organised. 

It called for the Government to engage more with businesses and operators – and to invest in upgrading the UK's border technology.

The message is clear. We need better systems at the border – and greater certainty on preparations for Brexit. We need to make this work for the people of Britain and Europe. We must put them first in all that we do.

The decisions we make as we leave the European Union must ensure trade continues to flow through Eurotunnel and the Port of Dover. We need to prepare now to ensure we are ready on day one, deal or no deal."

A number of MPs and representatives from haulage firms attended the packed panel discussion in the House of Commons on Tuesday, October 17. Former Border Force director general Tony Smith CBE, Eurotunnel director of public affairs John Keefe, Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett and Kuehne + Nagel international forwarding director Mark Johnson were on the panel, chaired by me. 

We all agreed that the Government should prioritise setting up an improved trusted trader system for haulage firms post-Brexit to reduce delays.


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