EU blasted for trade rules as Brexit deal in crisis: ’Too complicated – too onerous!’

Brexit: EU trade rules ‘too complicated’ says expert

Rod McKenzie, managing director of policy and public affairs at the Road Haulage Association, addressed the industry’s concerns with the new trade rules on Sky News on Monday. It comes amid reports of a fall in British exports to the European Union following Brexit and the adoption of new trading regulations between the UK and Europe. These new trade rules have been blamed for delays and holdups at the border as businesses struggle with new paperwork and additional “red tape.”

Mr McKenzie said: “We need Britain to prosper and we need the economy to prosper.

“Some people are choosing not to trade with the EU because it is too complicated. 

“It is too erroneous, there is a mountain of red tape to do.”

He insisted that the Government needed to focus on deploying more customs agents to help clear the logjam.

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“We have said to the Government for a very long time now that we think there are 10,000 customs agents in the UK, added Mr McKenzie. 

“We think we need about 50,000 to do the job.

“That is the job of clearing all this paperwork.”

“Day after day we speak to members who are expressing extreme frustration.” 

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It comes after a top City lawyer warned Britain risks remaining entangled in the EU’s tentacles unless it ruthlessly strips out all vestiges of the bloc’s rules from the UK’s legal system in favour of common law.

Barnabas Reynolds has also urged Parliament to appoint a panel to monitor the activities of UK regulators whom he fears will otherwise have too much power over rules governing financial services.

Mr Reynolds, a partner at City-based law firm Shearman and Sterling, will discuss his new paper, Restoring UK Law: Freeing the UK’s Global Financial Market at a webinar organised by the Politeia think tank tomorrow.

He will be joined by among others, Attorney General Suella Braverman and former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith.


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Speaking prior to the event, Mr Reynolds told it was crucial for rules and regulations relating to financial services to be streamlined and simplified.

He explained: “The UK’s traditional method has been for principles-based regulation, focusing on high standards, predictably applied, but with fewer rules.

“The EU’s approach is based on the continental civil law, code-based systems, where every aspect of financial business is smothered by a blanket of regulations.

“What is more, the ECJ’s purposive method of interpretation makes those regulations unpredictable in their meaning.”

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