Boris Johnson warned last week Brexit negotiations with the European Union are now “over” as the two sides failed to reach an agreement on issues relating to their future trading relations. Richard Burnett from the Road Haulage Association told British businesses relying on trade with the EU now need to “wake up” and ensure they are prepared for the introduction of new tariffs. Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Mr Burnett insisted the main issue at the end of the transition period will be the introduction of new paperwork, and the lack of operators to process them.
He said: “It’s irrelevant whether we get deal or no deal, business needs to wake up and make sure they prepare.
“For both haulers and traders, the biggest issue is to make sure you’ve got the appropriate paperwork. We’ve got a shortage of custom workers.
“We need 50,000, we don’t have enough to cope with the amount we’re going to see from January.”
After last month criticising the lack of cooperation from the Government, Mr Burnett conceded Westminster is now “listening” to the needs of hauliers but insisted there is “an enormous amount of work to do.”
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Mr Burnett however reiterated a deal with the EU would be “critical” as to ensure the balance of trade is maintained.
The warning comes after the Prime Minister hit out at Brussels overt their refusal to agree with the UK to a Canada-style deal to regulate their future trading arrangements.
Mr Johnson said: “They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is obviously unacceptable to an independent country.
“Given that this summit appears to explicitly rule out a Canada-style deal, I think that we should ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s.”
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