Food businesses sending products to the EU have had to fork out an extra £170m in export costs because of Brexit red tape, with the changes described as being “catastrophic” for some exporters. / Data shows costs have contributed to value of meat exports falling by 17% since 2019.
Brexit friction is hurting firms – Sunak must ‘strengthen EU relations’, top business body warns 16/02/2024
Businesses have still not adapted to the impact of Brexit and the government must “strengthen relations with the EU” to relieve the strain on firms, the UK’s top business body has told the government.
Northern Ireland businesses need better government guidance about post-Brexit divergence between UK and EU rules, a House of Lords inquiry has found.
Businesses that make sporting goods, children’s toys, jewellery and medical goods have struggled the most with the border costs imposed by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
Sky's Paul Kelso writes that the prospect of removing checks in Northern Ireland highlights how trading with the EU has just got harder for the rest of the UK. / By luck or design the breakthrough in Northern Ireland, facilitated by the easing of customs controls, came on the same day that trade between the EU and the rest of the UK became a whole lot more complex and costly.
Brexit: a ‘total disaster’ of our own making 07/02/2024
Brexit has caused a crisis for British manufacturers who export into Europe – and things could be about to get even worse...
It’s been four years since we formally left the EU - and its been eight years of trying to square an impossible circle. How do you keep Brexiteers happy, the EU on board and Northern Ireland’s government up and running, all at once?
Lancashire businesses reeling as Government minister says £330m Brexit import checks were not a surprise 02/02/2024
New border control checks on plant and animal imports from the UK began this week, requiring health certificates for some plant and animal products which could further increase business costs.
Small businesses need more support as growth slows 40% during difficult decade, report warns 01/02/2024
International trade has become increasingly challenging following Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, with nearly one quarter of small firms viewing Brexit as a major business obstacle between 2018 and 2021 as the UK struggled to bounce back as quickly as other countries.
New post-Brexit border controls coming in from Wednesday could result in higher prices and delays in fresh goods coming in from the EU. / It means significant new red tape, and more money out of our pockets on products like cheese, fish, and flowers.
Guild of Fine Food fears European suppliers of specialist produce will stop supplying UK because of red tape.
Expense of fresh red tape on EU imports is simply ‘cost of doing business’, says Tory minister Andrea Leadsom.
A Tory minister was left squirming over the extra costs being suffered by small businesses because of post-Brexit border checks.
British businesses are warning of a new wave of post-Brexit trade disruption because EU exporters are not ready for UK customs changes which start this month, and Britain's port infrastructure might be unprepared too.
Though Johnson promised ‘no non-tariff barriers’, firms say they are struggling under ‘compliance burden’ of customs and safety checks.
When the government announced this year it would indefinitely delay plans to force UK companies to adopt a new post-Brexit quality mark, the UKCA, Simon Blackham, of the insulation maker Recticel, was delighted. “Yes! An outbreak of common sense,” he recalls thinking. / His joy was short-lived, however.
A new survey by the British Chamber of Commerce's Insights Unit of 733 businesses (97% SMEs) shows the difficulties facing British firms in using the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) have not eased.
60% of UK exporters say selling to EU has become harder over past year – with more red tape to come.
The year in Brexit 20/12/2023
The past 12 months have been littered with grandiose claims about the benefits of Brexit and the ability of the UK to demand what it wants from the EU. But the sad and inescapable conclusion is that none of those benefits exist and that the UK has been forced into a number of embarrassing retreats and compromises.
Cash and carry heavyweight United Wholesale Grocers has highlighted the impact of factors such as Brexit and surging inflation on the UK economy after seeing profits fall by around 30 per cent.
More than three quarters of British companies have reported that the trade agreement between the European Union and Britain has made it difficult for them to increase sales and grow their business, a British Chambers of Commerce survey showed. / "Brexit has been the biggest ever imposition of bureaucracy on business."
Brexit has not only failed to deliver on its promise of reducing immigration and controlling borders, but it has also made the immigration issue worse and more difficult to manage. The government’s chaotic and ineffective immigration policies, such as the Rwanda policy, have only added to the problem.
Employers in Northern Ireland are warning that new migration rules may cause staff shortages across manufacturing, care and food production.
Braverman unable to identify a single industry to benefit from Brexit in excruciating interview 26/11/2023
Nick Robinson asked the former home secretary if she could identify a single industry that has benefitted from Brexit... she could not.