Freight group positive on draft Brexit agreement
15 / 11 / 2018
The UK’s Freight Transport Association has responded positively to the draft Brexit deal agreed by UK and European Union (EU) negotiators.
News that a draft agreement was in place emerged yesterday, although the plans still need to receive the backing of parliament and the European Union.
The draft deal goes to the EU for approval on November 25 while UK parliament will vote on the deal in December. The European parliament will also need to vote on the deal once it is approved.
The FTA reacted positively to the contents of the draft agreement and recognised it as "a decisive step forwards in the process of the UK’s departure from the EU".
The detail of the agreement includes essential elements which will allow continued frictionless movement of goods and maintain the integrity of the UK’s supply chain.
"Remaining in the Customs Union will maintain seamless transport of goods and services between the UK and the EU until a new trade agreement can be negotiated, while the protection of citizen’s rights, both in the UK and the EU, will safeguard the logistics workforce," the FTA said.
"A transition period, which FTA has been lobbying for, will enable Britain’s businesses to prepare for a seamless transition to new trading arrangements, without concerns over a cliff edge which could be disastrous for the supply chain."
The agreement faces opposition in the UK – the country’s Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, this morning resigned from his post, while a number of senior conservatives are against the proposal.
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