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Ok, Government's basically just admitted "International hauliers, if there's a no deal Brexit, you're bust."

You see, they may need ECMT permits. But only a little over 1,000 permits were available (for 50,000+ vehicles) and application deadline passed.
And an industry body warning of disaster...
What you have to understand is that this affects many companies' business NOW.

Why? Simple. Most haulage contracts are forward-looking. It's not like you step to the curb and hail a taxi. Firms that don't have permits will be reluctant to take bookings for jobs past Brexit day.
In fact, they may well not DARE take on such contracts, because of the potential liability that they would incur if they can't fulfill them. So I imagine the pipeline of future work must be emptying drip by drip, day by day. All because we have no idea what shape Brexit will be!
Good news is that the EU has *unilaterally* put in certain mitigation effects, lasting 9 months, that may negate the need for permits in some situations. This is not "a deal". Their proposal comes with severe limitations compared to the current status quo.
What do I mean not "a deal"? I mean just that. This is something the EU put forward out of self-interest (and maybe kindness, who knows?) but it's time limited, limited in scope, and could be taken away at any time without warning. It's not something backed by any kind of treaty.
It is also subject to reciprocality. In other words, it only stands if the UK Government does the same for EU hauliers. If the UK Government digs in its heels, then the temporary EU measure vanishes. You can read the details on p.7 of the EU no deal plan.
And if you've got this far and read the whole thread, you'll realise it's Brexit in a nutshell. Conflicting info. Little clarity. Official information on the UK side may be incorrect or out of date. And if the worse does happen... disaster.
Oh, and the whole topic was so toxic that it was the subject of a written ministerial direction (i.e. a "cover your proverbial" letter) between the Permanent Secretary and the Secretary of State for Transport.
Right. That's the meat of the topic dealt with. Below this tweet, I am going to drop in a few more tweets referencing news articles, in case you're interested in reading up further.

NI is expected to receive just 60 permits from the allocation.
"With Brexit talks in gridlock, British truckers plan for the worst" (Mainly the detailed experience and fears of one long-established haulage company.)
"For The UK's Truckers, The Consequences Of A No-deal Brexit Will Be Worse Than We Have Imagined"
Finally... visit the website below for an amazing press release (the haulage firm has even bought a helicopter as part of their contingency plans). Hats off to them. I hope they got at least some of the permits they were trying for.
(I wish Twitter had a way to splice tweets into a thread!)
Here's more info about application process hauliers had to go through. Note they've not yet found out if they're getting permits or not, which is why the press isn't full of horror stories.
And here's the eye-watering process by which the Government is going to choose which companies live or die as it allocates the 984 permits (NINE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FOUR) that the entire haulage industry have between them.
Note: I said EU may offer industry 9 months breathing space. It is limited: cabotage would not be permitted (UK hauliers transporting goods within one EU country, eg from one part of France to another). Nor would UK operators be allowed to haul goods between 2 EU countries.
What that means is there will be far fewer opportunities for UK hauliers to glue a package of jobs together to make a trip generate more revenue. They're going to be limited strictly to bringing stuff to the EU from the UK, and vice versa.
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