Brexit and the red tape explosion 16/08/2023
Helmuth Porschen ponders the fate of UKCA and wonders why the government can’t persuade the rest of the world to adopt British standards.
"The accounts cite a number of risk factors to the health of the art market including the “overall strength and stability of the global economy” and Brexit." / " Increased red tape from Brexit is “adversely affecting” Sotheby’s ability to move art between the UK and Europe..."
Survey of exporters shows increased pessimism about benefits of post-Brexit trade deals. / British firms are increasingly pessimistic about the benefits of post-Brexit free trade deals, according to the government’s own research.
With reliance on EU products returning to pre-Brexit levels, closer supplier ties will be essential to managing uncertainty in the market, writes Pablo Cristi Worm.
The British seasonnaire – a fixture of the European holiday scene from the mountains to the seas – is under threat. And it’s more than just a tragedy for perky young Brits looking to combine a lengthy holiday with a bit of paid work. It’s battering British firms which used to rely on UK staff to provide a home away from home for their guests.
'Rishi Sunak told me Brexit would be amazing - now four independent businesses in our home town are closing' 13/08/2023
Jo Foster has asked her MP, Rishi Sunak, three times for help with her businesses struggling after Brexit. She told Politics Editor Ralph Blackburn he needs to face up to reality.
Industry hit with a blow as government halts trial of a system designed to limit paperwork.
UKCA: A symbol of the folly of Brexit 08/08/2023
The UK government has announced an indefinite extension to the use of CE marking for British businesses, which shows that products meet EU standards. This is a major U-turn from the previous plan to introduce a UKCA system, which would have created costly duplication and reduced consumer choice. The UKCA system was an absurd consequence of Brexit...
A trial system designed to limit post-Brexit paperwork for fish exporters has been halted in a blow to Scotland’s salmon industry. / The digitisation of paper health certificates required for all fish and chilled food being exported to Europe was intended to save traders time as well as up to £3 milllion on paperwork.
Post-Brexit checks on fresh farm produce coming to the UK from the EU have been delayed again, the BBC understands. / New import controls on EU food products had been due to begin in October. There is concern that the extra checks on imported goods will push up prices and fuel inflation.
Exit from the single market making it harder to import art, auction house warns.
Brexit cut profits for ‘nearly all’ independent retailers trading with EU, industry leader says 04/08/2023
Brexit made some businesses “suddenly uncompetitive” as costs and red tape increased, says the CEO of the British Independent Retail Association
A brutal Financial Times investigation has unveiled the “all pain no gain” trading conditions many British businesses face post-Brexit.
“Car crash!” exclaimed managing director Andrew Varga, whose Brexit progress I have been following since the referendum. News of the latest Brexit U-turn landed on him on Tuesday out of the blue. All his years of preparation for a new UK product safety mark, all his thousands of pounds wasted, all the uncountable hours and effort were rendered pointless, at a stroke.
Brexit red tape led to us suspending EU exports and profit dropped to zero, says business owner 03/08/2023
One small business owner said her net profit margins had dropped to zero in the years since Brexit.
Despite claims over taking back control, UK is forced to comply with rules on which it has no say.
Government source reportedly says there are concerns extra red tape could fuel further inflation.
UKCA: a symbol of the folly of Brexit 01/08/2023
I said that I would break the ‘summer recess’ of this blog if a Brexit event of sufficient interest or importance occurred and it has, with the government’s announcement today of an “indefinite extension to the use of CE [Conformité Européenne] marking for British businesses”.
CE symbol due to stay after government U-turn.
The government has quietly admitted Singapore-on-Thames is dead.
From October, consignments carrying some meats, dairy and fish will require vet-signed export health certificates.
Britain on Tuesday said it would retain the European 'CE' safety mark for products indefinitely rather than scrap it following the country's departure from the European Union, in a move welcomed by businesses as a pragmatic step.
Christmas food at risk as new Brexit regulations leave businesses out in the cold – again 01/08/2023
Many businesses are unprepared for the new rules which will come into effect from October 31.
Brexit travel rules ‘the most stupid and complicated in world’, says Briton with homes abroad 01/08/2023
For many Britons who own holiday homes in Europe or dream of moving abroad, post-Brexit travel rules are proving a nightmare.
Former European trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said trying to circumnavigate Brussels was always going to backfire.