🚨🇬🇧🇪🇺NEW 🇪🇺🇬🇧🚨the NI trader support scheme (TSS) has taken a kicking from users taking to ⁦@CommonsNIAC⁩ ...a day after ⁦@michaelgove⁩ praised it and ⁦@ShankerASingham⁩ to peers /1 on.ft.com/2Z1zb3z
@CommonsNIAC @michaelgove @ShankerASingham Back on Jan 6 the TSS (£355m set up to help traders deal with NI Protocol) was criticised to @CommonsNIAC as "simply not good enough" by @Freight_NI Seamus Leheny and others...well a month on, it's got more brutal write-ups /2

@CommonsNIAC @michaelgove @ShankerASingham @Freight_NI Stephen McAneney, managing director of @Allied_F_S Allied Fleet Services, said there was “no consistency” in the information coming from the service and advice was confusing and conflicting. /3
@CommonsNIAC @michaelgove @ShankerASingham @Freight_NI @Allied_F_S Mr McAneney painted a pretty sorry picture of the service, tho said everyone was nice/trying hard: “You can phone in and speak to one person and they can give you an answer, and then you’d go away, think about it, then phone back in and get completely the reverse answer." /4
@CommonsNIAC @michaelgove @ShankerASingham @Freight_NI @Allied_F_S Sarah Hards, biz dev'ment mgr at AM Nexday, in Larne said there was apparent lack of training among staff who appeared to have “no previous experience” in customs and logistics.  “They sometimes fail to grasp what you’re talking about even after a long conversation" /5
@CommonsNIAC @michaelgove @ShankerASingham @Freight_NI @Allied_F_S You can listen to Ms Hards about 10am mark here...it's not a pretty account. Everyone knows they're trying, but despite this is a users-eye view of the service. Run by Fujitsu, and customs clearance consortium.



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12 Feb
It's OUT! My latest #Brexit Briefing for @FinancialTimes - examining @BorisJohnson
"buy now, pay later" Northern Ireland Protocol, why the EU-UK trust deficit is killing it, how that can be restored - because it needs to work. /1
@FinancialTimes @BorisJohnson The danger here is that lingering animus over the opportunistic nature Johnson's Faustian bargain - dividing his Kingdom in order to 'get #Brexit done' and win an 80-seat majority - is clouding judgement on both sides of the Channel /2
@FinancialTimes @BorisJohnson The facts of the Protocol are no less true for Johnson's constant denial of them - that there would be checks, that there really is a trade border that now prevents plants and pets from travelling freely from Bedford to Ballymena as M.Gove reminds us. But these are other facts/3
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It starts with a list of UK non-compliance at NI ports...and says addressing these are a "prerequisite" for any other facilitations /1

@MarosSefcovic @michaelgove There is an offer of a fix on TRQs issue that saw some steel going from GB into NI attracting 25% tariffs - more deets here /2 belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/25-tar…
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NEW: 🚨🇬🇧🇪🇺🧪🧑‍🔬⚗️🧪🇪🇺🇬🇧🚨the U.K. chemicals industry calls for common sense re-think of U.K. post-#brexit plan to build copycat EU REACH chemicals database at cost of £1bn - @GeorgeWParker @FinancialTimes scoop. Stay with me. /1

@GeorgeWParker @FinancialTimes So what's all this about? Well, no sleeping at the back there, because chemicals are in everything - from paint to nail polish, cars to contact lenses - they are key part of manufacturing base, with highly mobile pan-EU supply chains. #Brexit is a bugger for them /2
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🚨🇬🇧🇪🇺🐚🦪🦪🐚🦪🐚🇪🇺🇬🇧🚨So...govt has to concede that most mussel, oyster, clam and cockles - bivalve molluscs - can’t now go to EU, “bringing an end to this traditional and valuable trade” - a move U.K. says is “unacceptable”, but admits can’t stop. /1

It seems as if @DefraGovUK @MPGeorgeEustice has been advised it would be OK...but now EU has advised not. They are trying to fix with Shellfish Association of Great Britain @SAGB /2
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🚨🇪🇺🇬🇧🤔🤔🤔🇪🇺🇬🇧🚨NEW: post #brexit immigration rules are shaping up to kill the au pair industry - on which 45,000 working families depend for affordable childcare. Seems mad. Stay with me. /1

First, what is an 'au pair' - sometimes assumed to be childcare for posh folk - but actually its really a childcare solution for doctors, police, nurses, single parents who have jobs that need reliable, affordable, full-time childcare. The can't afford nannies at £2k/pcm /2
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