SME chapters very rarely (if ever) include provisions that really require an FTA - it's mostly things both sides could and should do (irrespective of a deal).

In fact, one of the key provisions of many SME chapters is transparency/access to data.

This is all about creating a one-stop-shop source of information for SMEs.

E.g. 👇

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Something the UK Gov should definitely work on going forward.

If you don't know what I mean - try to find any provision under the UK's new continuity deals.

We need 1⃣ clear guidance 2⃣ user-friendly website with easy access to the text of all of the UK's trade deals and information relevant for SMEs.

We're lagging far behind other countries on this.

In fact, @Lucian_Cernat liking this reminded me of a perfect example of such website (though not SME specific)


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20 Nov
And for those of you keeping score at home:

None of it, literally none of it is new.

Every single trade/customs/logistics specialist not paid to come up with good news would have warned the Gov about this even BEFORE the referendum

Our ports haven't changed, it's not like we have less space in Dover now than we did 5 years ago.

The nature of ro-ro traffic or logistics involved haven't changed.

The customs/SPs procedures for non-EU members haven't fundamentally changed.

If you had asked someone in 2015 to outline the risks related to moving fresh products from the EU to the UK under an FTA/no-deal, they would have told you.

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9 Nov
So this is a fascinating🧵
Why? Cause out of all the IT systems we need for 1 Jan I thought CDS was not the biggest issue.

Short one on why and a bit of background on CDS and what does that all mean in practice.
Quick background: upgrading CHIEF (current system) to CDS predates Brexit. Introducing EU's new customs legislation in 2016 meant that new functionality required. CHIEF was also getting old and generally needed a revamp.

So CDS was supposed to be ready in 2018. HMRC announced it will launch it in August 2018 and gradually move traders from CHIEF to CDS batch by batch.

Spoiler alert - that didn't quite happen

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8 Nov
I'm still wondering whether we'll actually see signs of this newly found enthusiasm for compromising on the UK-EU deal.

Sure, the world has just become a somewhat lonelier place for the UK's PM but I'm just not sure that it was the promise of a UK-US deal

that stood in the way of a compromise. Perhaps it was just the Brexit myth (sovereignty etc) or once again an example of this Gov talking itself into a corner.

I'll be very interested to see whether the UK will indeed "cave".

As smn tweeted yesterday.

We've known for a while that there will need to be some movement on both sides for a deal to be reached - it's not possible for both sides to keep their current red lines.

Read 5 tweets
7 Nov
I have NEVER been this happy to lose a bet
Wow, CNN

"It's easier to be a parent this morning"
Read 4 tweets
6 Nov
The Irish Sea border:

1⃣ Has no simplifications, full processes as of 1 Jan
2⃣ Is politically sensitive
3⃣ Border operating model hasn't been published
4⃣ Not given sufficient attention as considered "not a border" and politicised

UK Gov's one initiative - TSS - was and is an area of risk as traders told it will submit declarations "on their behalf"

1⃣ Giving traders a false sense of security
2⃣ Insanely short deadline to develop a system of that complexity


None of this, as Peter reminds us, is new. Most of these issues could have been prevented.

There are a few points that were/are dependent on the deal with the EU/ Join Committee's work on NI Protocol.

But most wasn't.


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30 Oct
One more thing to point out re EU vs UK border readiness is that HMRC used to be really good at this sort of thing (communicating with traders, providing guidance)

A couple years back when the EU’s customs legislation was changing and MS needed to implement it HMRC was doing really well and provided clear info on time.

Only a couple years back HMRC had a number of helplines and services helping traders and consultants like me to understand the official interpretation of the legislation (customs can be highly contextual).

They had amazing experts.

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