EU firms are no longer comfortable with the UK as they continue to watch British businesses struggle with the new regulations which were imposed after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal.
The British government is yet to implement the inspections of EU food that enters the UK as it’s avoiding actions that may lead to food shortages. However, reps. from the food sector have raised concern over the tough situations which follow the new paperwork introduced by the trade deal.
Chilled Food Association director general Karin Goodburn has warned that the EU food manufacturers are threatening to leave the UK after seeing that British companies are struggling with the new rules.
“When we start applying these types of things on the import checks coming into Great Britain, I don’t think our continental cousins are going to know what’s hit them. I’ve already been told by a Belgian association that a couple of their major members aren’t going to try to send food here anymore,” she told the UK Trade and Business Commission.
Meanwhile, James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink described the current situation as … facing ‘no gain and a world of pain,’ with Nick Allen, who heads the British Meat Processors Associations, saying the new regulations had created a ‘monster of a system’ hitting hard on smaller businesses.
James said meat exports are running at 70 to 75 per cent of what they used to be, stating that the deal imposed a trading system for container ships rather than the transit of trucks.
Mr Allen who had slammed the post-Brexit trade deal still waits on the government to urgently act .. he said, “The export hurdles we face are now in plain sight and are not going away. We need the government to urgently re-engage with both the industry and the EU to work out detailed and lasting solutions.
“The British Meat Processors Association and its members stand ready to consult with Government and map out those solutions.”
Yesterday, MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee said the government should “adopt a pragmatic stance in the pursuit of a veterinary partnership”, as they claim it will reduce the non-tariff measures hitting food exporters.
The cries follow just a few days after the European Council rubber-stamped the Trade and Cooperation Agreement after MEPs supported it in a crunch vote which will see the future collaboration pack reached Dec. 31 go into force on May 1.
Ana Paula Zacarias Portuguese Europe minister noted, “Today we open a new chapter in our relations with the UK. The conclusion of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement will give legal certainty to the new EU-UK relationship, in the interests of citizens and business on both sides of the Channel.
“We value the UK as a good neighbour, an old ally and an important partner.”
Next, it’s now expected that the UK and the EU will exchange letters to allow the zero-tariff, zero-quota trade agreement to enter into force after four months of “provisional application”.
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the moment 660 MEP backed his Brexit trade deal as the final steps in Brexit.
“This week is the final step in a long journey, providing stability to our new relationship with the EU as vital trading partners, close allies and sovereign equals. Now is the time to look forward to the future and to build a more global Britain,” Mr Johnson said.