Business groups are reacting with exasperation to Johnson's claim we will `prosper mightily' under no-deal... 1/…
The @SMMT, representing Britain's carmakers and automotive supply chain, says it would have a `devastating' effect 2/
The @Foodanddrinkfed says shoppers will pay a heavy price, with average 18% tariffs on EU food imports 3/

The pharmaceutical lobby group, @ABPI_UK, says no deal would not be in the interests of patients 4/
The @FSB, representing small businesses, says companies still don't know what they're preparing for. And many firms don't have the time or resources to take action because of Covid 5/
CBI chief @cbicarolyn urges the two sides to keep talking with a deal within reach 6/
And a reminder here of why they're all worried ends/
Today reminds me of this brilliant exchange with Michael Gove last week.

Lord Oates asked: Who does the `we' refer to when the government says `we' will prosper under Australia-style terms? Is it business, farmers, the services industry?

Gove: `The Government.'

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7 Oct
Key points from Frost/Gove session with the Lords, as the UK threatens to walk from Brexit talks next week... 1/…
Frost talked tough on the Oct 15 deadline, but hinted talks could go on beyond then even if there's no free-trade deal to be signed. `Our door would never be closed. There are a lot of practical matters that we would need to cover' 2/
Frost said they're `some way from a deal' (🚨) on state aid, one of the key sticking points in the talks. It all comes down to how much constraint the UK is willing to tolerate on its subsidy policies - Johnson will have to make a call here 3/
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22 Sep
Scoop: Michael Gove has written to the U.K. border industry warning of 7,000-truck-long queues in a reasonable worst-case Brexit scenario 1/…
The letter has further stark warnings:
- Flow of freight down 60%-80% between Dover-Calais
- Up to 70% of trucks not ready for EU border checks

Worrying stuff for the end of the transition period 2/
Hat-tip to @lisaocarroll, who saw the civil service report that contained these warnings last week, and which Gove is now publicly endorsing 3/…
Read 6 tweets
22 Sep
Interesting Brexit narrative now coming from government about potential chaos when transition period ends.

Warning that disruptions will be due to `failure of EU to plan' 1/
Quote from DEFRA secretary George Eustice: ``We can do all the work in the world to make sure our borders are ready ... But if when they arrive at the other side it's all a bit slipshod and disorganised and there's therefore chaos because of failure of the EU to plan...' 2/
``That's something that's beyond our control. That would be our biggest concern''

So the gov setting its stall out early -- any Brexit problems at the border will be blamed on the EU 3/
Read 19 tweets
18 Sep
🚨Play our Brexit game! 🚛

Will you end up in the lorry park? Or can you keep trade flowing?

Money is on the line... 1/…
Here’s the scenario. You run a car-parts manufacturing business in north England, exporting to the EU. Your biggest customer is in Germany 🇩🇪 🚗🚙🚗

They’re worried Brexit will disrupt your deliveries, but you say it’s going to be fine.

It’s time to keep your promise... 2/
It comes to late October. You get some very good news - the U.K. and EU have signed a free-trade deal!

Sigh of relief. Now you’ve got to make some decisions as the clock ticks down to the end of the transition period... ⏰ 3/
Read 5 tweets
17 Sep
Exclusive: government says it expects to be fixing bugs in key Brexit border IT system for weeks after it goes live 1/…
In official documents seen by Bloomberg, the IT system to check whether trucks have the right paperwork to enter the EU will still be getting `essential updates' through to March. Bugs will be getting `resolved' into January 2/
The government stresses that the service will be fully operational on Jan 1 - but the country's biggest logistics group has said it's a `crushing disappointment' it won't be fully tested and stable until April 3/…
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16 Sep
Breaking: the key IT system to avoid border chaos will still be in testing mode on Brexit day 1/…
Trade group Logistics UK says government officials told them the Smart Freight System won’t be fully tested and stable until April 2021 - too late for end of Brexit transition 2/
The government plan is to start beta-testing it in December, when it says it will be ‘fully operational’. Here’s what says Beta means 3/
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