Logistics UK has criticised the “incredulity” of the government’s latest announcement of a ‘Business Task Force’ to prepare businesses for Brexit.
The decision to set up the task force comes after the National Audit Office warned last week of “significant disruption” at the border whether or not the government was able to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU by 1 January.
The trade association called out the new endeavour for happening too late in the process, and urged the government to be more assertive in their approach to Brexit going forward.
David Wells, chief executive of Logistics UK, said: “At this point in time, business needs direction and decisions by government, not another set of meetings.
“With information still needed from government and decisions required on GB-NI trade, 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 added: “Logistics businesses have been engaging closely with 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 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.”