The Road Haulage Association shares National Audit Office fears that measures to prepare the UK border for Brexit won’t be ready for a no-deal scenario.
The report states that Government faces “a race against time” to get ready for Brexit.
The NAO believes “that businesses do not have enough time to make the changes needed” for no deal in March 2019 and warns “that the most complex issues relating to the movement of goods at the border still need to be resolved.”
Commenting, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “Today, with only 156 days until the Brexit deadline becomes reality, we are still in the dark regarding the essential details. To maintain the supply chain between the UK, across the Irish border and mainland Europe, it is imperative that businesses can plan. This has not happened.
“The border is not ready and plans to make Kent motorways into, what are in effect glorified lorry parks are simply not enough. And Government’s claim that any increase in the number of checks will be kept to a minimum fills us with no confidence at all.
“We need clarity and we need it now. Time has run out. Such is the nature of today’s haulage industry that plans need to be made well in advance to ensure the smooth running of logistics operations – particularly those making the just-in-time deliveries on which the manufacturing industries on the other side of the Channel rely.”
Concluding, Mr Burnett said: “Yes, we welcome the NAO’s latest report but how may more reports will be issued before their contents are noted and acted upon.”