UK transport and warehouse chiefs warn of 'severe' Brexit border disruption

UK transport chiefs have sounded the alarm over Brexit border disruptio. Photo: Denis Charlet, Pool via AP. More

Britain's freight and logistics chiefs are demanding "urgent" talks with the UK government over Brexit border disruption, warning concerns are growing about official preparedness for the end of the transition period.

Eight industry leaders signed a joint letter to minister Michael Gove, warning supply chains will be "severely disrupted" if preparations are not stepped up.

Trade between the UK and the EU will face new obstacles once Britain's EU transition period finishes at the end of the year, with disruption even greater if no trade agreement is reached.

Industry figures are concerned about the readiness of an army of additional "intermediaries" needed to fill out customs paperwork for firms not currently required for EU trade.

They are also concerned over the readiness of new IT systems needed, as well as border infrastructure for physical checks.

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The letter says it is "critical" supply chains are protected as Britain completes it transition out of the EU at the same time as a potential second spike of the coronavirus. "The COVID pandemic has demonstrated to both government and the general public the importance of a free-flowing supply chain," it notes.

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