The @Foodanddrinkfed's Ian Wright gives government both barrels

He says much of the chaos "should've been avoided" as HMG was "well aware of the power" of its Covid announcement

He says HMG should compensate affected traders "who have lost out from that failure of authority"
Stark from the @RHANews' Duncan Buchanan, who says port chaos is of "a different order of magnitude, and in the context of Brexit and what is coming from January 1, this is the start of a very, very serious supply chain disruption of the like that probably have never experienced"
The RHA's Buchanan says the government's reported plan to test drivers is "a waste of time" and "knee-jerk" policy

He says it is "counterproductive" as it'll just lead to drivers mixing in a field in Kent

The treatment of drivers is "pathetic," he adds

Damning evidence so far
The @the_brc's Andrew Opie tells the @CommonsBEIS that unless the freight border re-opens in the next 24 hours, there will be shortages of fresh produce imports — e.g citrus fruit, lettuce, broccoli — in the UK from December 27th
The RHA's Buchanan says the UK treatment of lorry drivers is "unacceptable"

"We are really creating a hostile environment for foreign hauliers to come here, as well as our own hauliers'

Drivers are being fined for parking in lay-bys when they have nowhere else to go, he says
Ian Wright: "It does seem astonishingly inconsistent that Shapps is handing out refunds to those who might not have been able to meet their granny for Xmas but isn't prepared to save businesses that have lost product as a consequence of the actions that he & his colleagues took"
The RHA's Duncan Buchanan's Jan 1 forecast: "I've described it as somewhere between a shambles and a catastrophe... and I stick by that. Everything I'm seeing in the last 24-48 hours leads me to believe that we're going to be in a very bad position"

Not quite "prosper mightily"

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20 Dec
This is a crisis for supply chains just 11 days before the shock of Brexit. The French ban applies to inbound freight but many European drivers won’t head to the UK if they can’t immediately make the return trip. The next 48 hrs could be a preview of what’s coming in two weeks.
Ian Wright, @Foodanddrinkfed CEO: “Tonight’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France has the potential to cause serious disruption to UK Christmas fresh food supplies... Truckers will not want to travel here if they have a real fear of getting marooned.”
Statement from @LogisticsUKNews: “Shoppers should not panic buy – retailers will be making every effort to ensure there is stock within the system... We are maintaining close contact with HMG to ensure that supplies of fresh produce are available throughout Xmas & the New Year.” Image
Read 12 tweets
23 Sep
Michael Gove reveals some pretty alarming statistics to the the House of Commons

Just 24% of businesses believe they're fully ready for the end of the Brexit transition period

Nearly double — 43% — think the transition period will be extended
Gove reveals the government's worst-case scenario estimates:

- 50% of big businesses and just 20% of SMEs will have the correct paperwork to export to the EU from January

- As few as 30% of HGVs will arrive at border with correct paperwork, while the rest face being sent back
Here are the sections of Michael Gove's House of Commons statement containing those eyebrow-raising statistics

Less than 4 months to go...
Read 6 tweets
23 Sep
New: @LogisticsUKNews tells Michael Gove that hauliers are still waiting for the government to provide details on how borders and new systems will work

They say they have "long warned government" about potential chaos at the borders and it is "incumbent" on HMG to give answers
There's anger among hauliers after a few days of the government appearing to shift blame for potential chaos in January

- Gove's letter warned of 7k lorries queuing on the motorway if UK traders aren't ready for changes
- Eustice yday day suggested disruption would be EU's fault
HMG is "making villains" of hauliers, @BIFA said

"Don't start pointing the finger of blame in our direction when you have still to provide all of the tools to do the job," it told @Joe_Mayes

"Give our members all they information they need, and systems that actually work..."
Read 4 tweets
16 Sep
Brandon Lewis says he gave the correct answer when he said last week that HMG's plan for Northern Ireland would break international law

This is after Lord Keen said yday that Lewis answered the wrong question and Priti Patel said it wouldn't break international law

All clear?
Simon Hoare puts to Brandon Lewis the not unreasonable point that given the "magnitude and sensitivity of the issues," shouldn't the government have put in the Internal Market Bill a commitment to exhausting joint committee talks and arbitration before breaking international law
Hoare tells Lewis that the "heat, steam, anxiety, fear" created by the plan to break int law was totally unnecessary

He says HMG should have made clear that this would be the last resort following JC talks and arbitration

It was "rather clumsy," he says

Many Tory MPs agree
Read 7 tweets
8 Sep
Labour’s @LouHaigh grills Brandon Lewis on HMG’s contentious plans for the protocol:

She says Jones’ exit shows concern “runs to the very top”

Johnson negotiated the WA and campaigned on it, she points out

She says the PM looks like he’s using NI as “a political football”
Ouch! Former PM Theresa May asks Brandon Lewis how the UK government “can reassure future international partners” that it’ll respect agreements it enters into

She says the UK government is “now changing” how the NI protocol operates after singing up to it with the EU
May’s question to Lewis: "How can the government reassure future international partners that the UK can be trusted to abide by the legal obligations of the agreements it signs?"
Read 7 tweets
3 Sep
New: Labelling has emerged as another big headache for the UK ahead of the end of Brexit transition

Business groups say the deadline for producing packaging needed to legally export food has already passed

They're still waiting for government guidance…
Whitehall sources & biz figures say labelling is one of the most complex elements of Brexit preparation

GB food exporters still don't know what packaging they'll use from January — both for the EU and Northern Ireland

Gov says it'll publish guidance ASAP…
What could in mean in practice?

On January 1 GB businesses don't have the right labels to legally move food to into the EU and to Northern Ireland

Border disruption, businesses lose lots of £££

There's real concern about potential food shortages in NI…
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