The road haulage industry has warned the government that clarity is required to help its businesses gain access to Europe following Brexit.
This came as the Road Haulage Association (RHA) met with the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, and other key stakeholders in the transport sector regarding the need for clarity and certainty in Brexit negotiations.
Richard Burnett, who represented the haulage industry at the meeting, said the optimism of the Transport Secretary is not shared by the wider sector and he told Mr Grayling “you have to get a deal and find a way of us being able to access Europe.”
Mr Burnett added: “Mr Grayling remained optimistic that a deal will be reached – albeit last minute. However, neither I nor the others present shared his optimism.
“There are still far too many unknowns – the only certainty is that a no-deal Brexit will have a significant impact to the haulage operators that cross to mainland Europe daily.”
The RHA and the wider haulage industry have previously aired their concerns about the need for a deal that doesn’t impact access for vehicles that transport goods and services to and from Europe.
It is a concern shared by much of the transport sector; the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) believe the uncertainty is having an adverse affect on business confidence, and reiterated the need for free and frictionless trade in order for industry to continue to thrive.
And after the meeting between the government and transport stakeholders, the RHA’s Richard Burnett isn’t confident that the issues will be resolved.
He said: “What is government doing to support British businesses at a time when the effects of a no deal will have such a huge detrimental impact on the entire British economy?
“Do we feel that the meeting has achieved something? No. Are we confident that the issue will be resolved? No. Have we finally received clarity? No.
“We tried to present a pragmatic view as to what will happen. It’s up to government as to whether or not they listen.”