FTA Ireland work tirelessly on behalf of our diverse membership. The work FTA Ireland do on our members behalf is presented to the Freight Council on a quarterly basis. It is here where members have the opportunity to meet FTA Ireland staff and network with other members. It is also the place where members can highlight the issues affecting their industry.
The complexity of the issues faced by traders in the post Brexit world in getting goods to market cannot and should not be underestimated. The Brexit referendum took place in the UK on Thursday 23 June 2016, Article 50 was signed by the British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday 29 March 2017, triggering the two year count down to 29 of March 2019. Negotiations have been ongoing between a UK and EU delegation (representing the remaining 27 countries commonly known as the EU27). The core objective of the negotiations has been to deal with the withdrawal agreement and the terms upon which the UK could exit the EU in an orderly manner. This is acknowledged as very important for both the UK and the EU. As per the terms of the process it is only once the UK become a third country, that is, ratify the withdrawal agreement that future trade negotiations can take place.
The Brexit deadline has been extended three times first to the 12th of April 2019 and then until the 31 October 2019 11pm. The final extension is until the 31st of January 2020 unless the withdrawal agreement gets ratified by both sides before then. Thes extra delays meant prolonged uncertainty for industry, and that some of the contingency plans developed will have represented a cost – with no or little benefit. However the extra time can also be seen as a chance to improve processes that were far from being optimal.
Following the general election in the UK and the newly formed Conservative Majority Government it now seems likely that the Withdrawal agreement will be ratified in the House of Commons to pave the way for the UK to leave the EU on the 31st of January 2020. Given the complexity of the next phase and the importance of achieving a ‘comprehensive’ free trade agreement the UK Government are hell bent of achieving this within 11months (by the 31st of December 2020) and have outlined that they will not be requesting to extend the transition period. This will add uncertainty for business as we could face a cliff edge again on the 31st of December 2020, if like most observers attaining this comprehensive free trade agreement within such a short period of time seems very unlikely.
We would like to reiterate the importance of having a developed contingency plan and the importance of sharing and communicating it with your clients and sub-contractors. High levels of communication and collaboration within the supply chain is critical for comprehensive preparedness.
FTA Ireland Briefing notes relating to Brexit are contained in the side panel of this page. For more information on Brexit related issues please contact Aidan Flynn on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01 8447516.
- Integrated Contingency Plans?
- Work with supply chain on Brexit Solutions
- Compliance Standards – more risk from UK enforcement?
- Registered for EORI?
- Customs Agents – Customs Software for declarations
- Route Planning – reviewed and options
- Landbridge – knowledge of potential delays
- Common Transit Convention
- Authorised consignor
- Authorised consignee
- Common Transit Convention
- Upskilling & Training provided for Drivers
- Driver licence checks
- Transport Manager CPC Check