UK freight forwarders express mixed feelings on Brexit White Paper

The Director-General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), Robert Keen, has expressed mixed feelings about the contents of the White Paper released by the UK Government outlining its proposed future relationship with the European Union (EU) after Brexit,

According to Keen, “The White Paper addresses some of the issues that BIFA has highlighted over the past two years, including retaining something as close to the Single Market and Customs Union as is possible, with positive ideas on future Customs matters and international trading arrangements.”

The BIFA President argued that nothing in the White Paper is cast in stone.

“The proposals on Customs, where the UK is proposing to apply EU tariffs to EU goods passing through the UK, while having the freedom to set different tariffs on goods entering the UK, look complex and untested, something that has already seen negative comment from the EU.

“Other than a facilitated customs arrangement, I suspect that there will be other areas where there will be differences of opinion between the UK and EU.

“Notwithstanding the above, it is the most comprehensive and cogent proposal put forward by the UK Government to date and is a useful basis for negotiation with the EU.”

He asked the UK government to be realistic as the White Paper still has to get through parliament before the negotiations in Brussels.

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