Logistics UK has criticised the government’s latest announcement that it will set up a task force to discuss Brexit challenges for business leaders stating that the move is nothing more than a “smokescreen”.
The trade body responded to the news by saying “at this point in time, business needs direction and decisions by the government, not another set of meetings,” revealing that those in the logistic sector still needed information from the government regarding “GB-NI trade.”
David Wells, chief executive of the group stated that “this feels like nothing more than a smokescreen” to cover up the government’s lack of focus on the issues which will “hit the UK hard” come 1 January 2021.
He said: “Logistics businesses have been engaging closely with the government since the election last December to clarify the supply chain issues which will ultimately affect us all.
“After a year of raising our concerns with the government, this new task force feels like nothing more than a diversionary tactic to conceal the administration’s failure to grasp the issues which we and our members have been raising with them for nearly 12 months.”
He added: “Logistics businesses remain committed to making Brexit work for the good of the nation, but at this late stage, but needs government to face up to the complexity of the challenges our sector faces to keep Britain trading from the new year.”
Last month the trade group also warned the government that a no deal Brexit would add more than £240m to the industry’s annual bills, due to the imposition of WTO tariffs on new vehicles, parts and equipment.
It comes as Britain is set to leave the EU in less than 50 days