Brexit: NI hauliers call for government help over checks on goods

January 30, 2020

The haulage industry will need government support to help with Brexit, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said.

Seamus Leheny is policy manager for the Freight Transport Association

 

It comes as EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK's choices make frictionless trade "impossible".

 

Seamus Lehany, FTA policy manager, said financial aid will be needed.

 

"As an industry, we are going to have to provide the expertise, the paperwork to facilitate trade so we are going to need... funding for training."

 

Mr Lehany told BBC News NI that it is "a quick turnaround time if we are going to have to do this".

 

"We need staff to do this, and at the moment we lack the staff and training and expertise to deliver."

 

The UK, including Northern Ireland, is due to leave the EU on Friday.

 

Mr Barnier said new checks on goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain are an "indispensable" consequence of the Brexit deal.

 

But last week the prime minister suggested GB-NI trade would remain "unfettered".

 

Source: BBC News

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