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Tory incompetence threatens supplies coming into the country

December 8, 2020 10:52 AM

Spelthorne Liberal Democrats (Spelthorne Liberal Democrats)French authorities have been testing their software solution for a year; our's has not even been released

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has written to the Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove about the failure to prepare for the border changes which will happen on 1st January 2021.

The process of implementing with the Brexit changes have been described as a "complete shambles". After a meeting with a minister the chief executive of the RHA, Richard Burnett, said that he "walked away with no questions being answered again".

The new software system that hauliers will have to use has not yet been released with only limited details available. In contrast, the French authorities have been testing their arrangement for more than 12 months. In the letter, the RHA has warned that "there is insufficient time to prepare for a smooth transition, deal or not".

This is not about whether Brexit is a good idea or not, but it is a question of basic competence. More than four years after the referendum the Conservative government has completely failed to prepare properly.

Cllr Lawrence Nichols said "There is no way this abject failure can be laid at the door of the EU. It is a consequence of a shambles created by an incompetent Conservative government."

Sky news story Gove faces secrecy claims over haulage 'shambles' is available here

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