Latest Rail News

12.06.17

Freight leaders urge government to review decision to leave EU customs union

Freight leaders have today urged the new government to review its decision to leave the EU customs union following the uncertainty following the general election last week.

Though the Conservatives won the most seats of any party, it failed to retain its majority, and today the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has urged the government to get back to work moving Brexit forward and establishing a good trade deal for the UK outside the EU.

A statement from the FTA also said it was “imperative” for governmental efforts to be focused on supporting the logistics sector so that business can continue to trade efficiently with EU customers and suppliers.

“This morning, UK exporters and importers are waking thinking what does the election result mean for Brexit, and the potential impact on their supply chains,” said James Hookham, FTA’s deputy chief executive.

“Exiting the customs union threatens the imposition of tariffs, border checks, customs declarations and huge amounts of bureaucracy for the significant number of UK businesses that trade in the EU, and the logistics organisations that deliver it for them.”

The FTA official also emphasised that negotiating a replacement trade deal that bypasses these problems is something that requires a strong and convincing mandate, which the prime minister no longer has. 

“The importance of frictionless arrangements for UK trade with the EU, particularly with Ireland, means that the decision to leave the customs union should be reviewed as a matter of urgency, and other ways of achieving a positive outcome for Brexit should now be considered,” Hookman stated.

He went on to say that approximately 44% of the UK’s exports in goods and services were transported to the EU in 2016, valued at £240bn out of £550bn of the country’s total exports, highlighting the importance of the customs union to the British economy.

“In order to ‘Keep Britain Trading’, exporters and importers and the international logistics sector need trading conditions which are as seamless and easy to navigate as possible,” Hookman continued. “The decision to leave the EU customs union was always going to make this tough to deliver, and without a strong and convincing mandate, the government will find fulfilling its promise to do so almost impossible.”

 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Yousaf urges DfT to begin urgent and serious talks on ‘unfair’ CP6 deal

16/10/2017Yousaf urges DfT to begin urgent and serious talks on ‘unfair’ CP6 deal

The DfT has defended its CP6 allocation to Scotland’s railways, arguing that the country will receive £600m more than it did in the p... more >
Launch of new GWR Intercity Express trains marred by major issues

16/10/2017Launch of new GWR Intercity Express trains marred by major issues

A delayed service, leaky air conditioning and cramped carriages marred the launch of GWR’s Intercity Express as transport secretary Chris G... more >
Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

16/10/2017Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

A new computerised signalling system that will allow trains to run closer together and increase capacity by a third has been successfully tested ... more >

editor's comment

04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Pushing forward with East West Rail plans

21/09/2017Pushing forward with East West Rail plans

Andy Free, head of engineering assurance at East West Rail (EWR) Alliance, discusses the recent round two public consultation on the plans for th... more >
A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >
‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

13/07/2017‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

Andy Milner, the chief executive of Amey, tells RTM about the transformation programme that has been taking place in the company since his takeov... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

TCR’s Top 10: Our picks from a brilliant event

06/10/2017TCR’s Top 10: Our picks from a brilliant event

TransCityRail North (TCR) 2017 was a day (and night) filled with lively debate, inspiring speeches and plenty of opportunities to network and mee... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Form and function realised through advanced materials

25/09/2017Form and function realised through advanced materials

Paul Gallen, sector manager at the National Composites Centre (NCC), outlines the benefits that composite materials bring to the production and o... more >
Secure stations

25/09/2017Secure stations

Gary Heward, director at MFD International and a security consultant and member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists, managed by... more >
Optimising traffic management

25/09/2017Optimising traffic management

Taku Fujiyama, from University College London (UCL), and Lei Chen, from the University of Birmingham, on the work and early findings of the Devel... more >
A remarkable project

25/09/2017A remarkable project

Businesses from across the UK of all types and sizes will help make HS2 an exemplary project, writes Will Roberts, communications director UK &am... more >