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British companies trading with Europe will have to absorb a post-Brexit bureaucracy burden and fill in an extra 215m customs declarations at a cost of about £7bn a year, according to government officials.
Industry leaders fear trading will be harder and more costly without comprehensive deal.
De facto deputy PM says nearly all EU imports will be subject to checks from next year.
The Chancellor has warned there will be no alignment with EU regulations after Brexit - despite a pledge being made in the North East by Boris Johnson that standards would be protected.
“This represents the death knell for frictionless trade," said one business leader.
Labour says the government "fiddling while Rome burns" as business groups complain they were ignored.
"Rules of origin are the complex requirements that determine whether or not a product is produced ‘locally’ in the UK or the EU – its economic nationality. If it is not deemed to be sufficiently British, it may not qualify for these preferential tariff rates"
While businesses struggle with the red tape of no-deal planning, ministers are busy with commemorative coins.
A former Sainsbury's chief has warned of 'significant gaps' on supermarket shelves within a week of a no-deal Brexit.
The UK food industry said the main impact of such a departure from the bloc will be on fresh produce, such as fruit and vegetables, which cannot be stockpiled by retailers or consumers and are largely imported from the EU during the winter months.
The UK food industry has asked the government to waive aspects of competition law to allow firms to co-ordinate and direct supplies with each other after a no-deal Brexit.
The UK government is yet to respond to a request by the food industry to waive parts of competition law so that companies can cooperate after a no-deal Brexit to mitigate food shortages.
Industry draws link between politicians’ talk of crashing out of EU and firms losing clients. / A no-deal Brexit will be “commercial suicide” with tens of thousands of jobs already lost in the UK because of the political uncertainty, manufacturing representatives have said.
Officials responsible for UK food supply now working 24/7 despite Theresa May's push for a Brexit delay.
Ian Wright, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, voiced his concerns. / A leading figure from the food and drink industry has said he is “absolutely terrified” about the impact of a no-deal Brexit if it leads to the imposition of tariffs on trade with the EU.
Major trade bodies say they have been stopped from telling member companies about plans for customs and trade. / "We are collectively of the opinion that members are not ready for a no-deal exit on March 29."