EU reveals no-deal Brexit supply chain contingency plans

By Damian Brett

The European Union (EU) has revealed its contingency plans to keep transport operations moving in case of a no-deal Brexit.

The temporary six-month measures will allow airlines from the UK to operate flights across the bloc, while hauliers will be able to use EU states’ roads.

The  move was welcomed by supply chain organisation Logistics UK, although it warned that six months is not a great deal of time.

Sarah Laouadi, European policy manager at Logistics UK, said: “Today’s announcement of contingency measures for road and air access for logistics operators for six months after the end of the transition period, if adopted in time, will come as a welcome safety net for logistics businesses which have been unable to plan for the future, due to a lack of certainty on whether and how they will be able to operate in three weeks’ time. 

“However, six months is not a very long time in business, and for Logistics UK members, it is vital that negotiators return to the table to work out a free trade agreement between the UK and EU to ensure the security of their businesses and livelihoods in the years to come.”

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