Brexit politics round-up, 22nd October

After the bluffs, bravado and deadline dilution, the Brexit trade deal discussions are back on, after Michel Barnier made a statement in the European Parliament on Wednesday that both sides must be willing to compromise. Talks had stalled last week, with Downing Street insisting there was no point in resuming discussions unless there was a

Updated Border Operating Model

On the 8th October 2020, the UK Government released a comprehensive update to its Border Operating Model that will be effective from 22:59 GMT 31st December 2020.  On 31st December 2020 the UK will leave the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union, resulting in new customs declarations, regardless of whether a deal is agreed. The

Politics Round-up, 15th October

As the legal battle lines are being drawn by the EU for their day in court, the divorce talks continue to run in parallel. Following the conclusion of last week’s round of Brexit talks, Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held a call on 3rd October to discuss the status of the

Brexit Facts: The Transit Accompanying Document (TAD)

As a member of the European Union, UK goods move freely between and through other member states without any formalities. As of 23:00 GMT on the 31st December 2020 freedom of movement will no longer apply and formalities will be necessary at the interface between the UK and the EU and across internal EU borders.

The UK still doesn’t have the right pallets for Brexit

Despite the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) holding ‘emergency’ talks with industry leaders 20 months ago, the UK still doesn’t have enough of  the right pallets to continue exporting goods to the European Union after the 31st December.  EU regulations on third country imports stipulate that wood pallets must be heat-treated or

Automating Brexit for you

Customs declarations will rocket from the current 50m a year to 250m after Brexit, overwhelming the country’s customs brokerage capacity and HMRC’s capability to manage physical processes, which is why we have developed digital Brexit solutions. The government’s Border Operating Model, released by the Border and Protocol Delivery Group in July, definitively outlines Brexit border

Fishing for a trade deal, that keeps wriggling away

The EU has launched legal action against the UK after Boris Johnson failed to respond to Brussels’ demand that he should drop legislation that would overwrite the withdrawal agreement and break international law and any trade deal just keeps slipping away. Ursula Von Der Leyen, the European Commission president, announced that the UK had been

EU/Northern Ireland; Politics and Practicalities

The UK government plans to break international law, while launching the Trader Support System, to keep them compliant! In a truly extraordinary admission to the House on Tuesday, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the government will break the law in a ‘very limited and specific way’ over the EU Withdrawal Agreement. They intend to

Half of UK business yet to make any Brexit preparations

The British Chambers of Commerce has gone on the record to state their concern that only half of UK firms have considered the impact of Brexit on their operations, with just 52% carrying out any form of risk assessment. Mr Gove told Parliament that it was up to firms to get ready for the end

Government look to shift blame as Brexit queues loom

As the government insinuates that business has not prepared and warns of 7,000-truck-long queues in Kent and two-day delays for exports to the EU, BIFA director general Robert Keen accuses them of “making villains of the key workers who have been tackling the impact of the pandemic on the UK’s supply chains”. According to leaked