The government says Brexit is a ‘huge success’ – although 60% of exporters have struggled

Boris JohnsonThe government claimed that Britain’s exit from the European Union It has already proven “a huge success” despite a new survey showing that most British exports are struggling with red tape.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Simon Clarke said the UK’s exit from… I “It allowed us to take off the burden of routine – it’s already been a huge success.”

The claim comes despite huge truck queues in Dover as drivers get bogged down in red tape, and a new survey shows that most British exporters struggle with customs controls.

About 60 per cent of the exporting firms surveyed by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) reported difficulties trading with the EU – up from 49 per cent in January 2021.

The Business Council called on the government to “take urgent action” to ease trade barriers with Europe on the second anniversary of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the bloc.

Although the results of the BCC survey are for November 2021, the business authority said the images of trucks stacked near Dover provided a “living illustration” of additional problems in trade since full customs controls were introduced on January 1.

“One of the issues at Dover currently appears to be related to the export of food products through the channel,” said William Bain, head of trade policy at BCC.

“Like many issues, this appears to be due to a different interpretation of how post-EU trade arrangements should work,” he added.

Each carrier takes 10 to 20 minutes to clear checks in Dover, drivers and Unite union have told independent – With waiting queues on the A20 extending up to 15 km.

Additional time is up to required codes for the new government’s Vehicle Traffic Service System (GVMS) and other export paperwork.

Although export checks have been carried out since last January, companies have 60 days to fill out customs forms after exporting. But since January 1, the forms have to be completed in full – adding pressure on GVMS and customs officials at the border.

Even longer delays have been experienced on the French side in Calais due to the extra red tape and rules of origin needed for imports from the EU to the UK since 1 January 2022.

The British Coordination Committee called on both London and Brussels to simplify some routine procedures, noting that they could “remove or reduce” the complexity of export health certificates required from food exporters.

Johnson claimed on Monday that the government’s “Freedoms to Leave the European Union” bill – which aims to make it easier to remove or amend EU regulations transcribed into UK law – would encourage investment.

“We won’t diverge for it, but we will make sure this is the number one place to do business and invest because of the freedoms we have,” he told broadcasters during a visit to Tilbury’s docks.

Meanwhile, Clark told LBC, “Actually [Brexit] It allowed us to vaccinate faster, it allowed us to abolish freedom of movement, it allowed us to start free trade negotiations, it allowed us to take off the burden of red tape. It was really a huge success.”

A brochure celebrating the “benefits of Brexit” will be released this week to mark the second anniversary of the UK leaving the European Union.

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