FTA: We need more information to prepare for Brexit

James Hookham of the FTA

The logistics industry has responded to the UK government’s Brexit announcement yesterday (October 17).

James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), has urged the UK government to answer questions raised by his organisation.

In a statement, Hookham commented: “The FTA has been very consistent in wanting to keep Britain trading by making sure that the logistics industry can deliver whatever political solution for Brexit prevails, with or without a deal.

“It is clear that there is not time now to prepare for a no-deal Brexit on October 31st: there are many unanswered questions about how our borders should work, and no time to implement the answers even if decisions could be reached on important policy issues.

“Therefore, at this stage, leaving with a deal and the accompanying transition period for answering important questions and being prepared for the changes, is far preferable to a no deal Brexit on October 31st.

“With big questions unanswered, and no time to prepare, the logistics industry is not ready for a no-deal Brexit on October 31st, and the impact on trade would likely be very significant.

“We will review the proposed deal carefully, and seek any clarifications and changes required by the Logistics Industry to deliver a successful Brexit.”

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