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14 Sep, 4 tweets, 1 min read
Govt desperately pushing back checks on EU trade, as expected. And blaming everything but Brexit and their own lack of preparation, as expected.
Fwiw, this is the right thing to do. Why impose another shock to the system while it's unable to handle even the changes we have made so far? But it does carry consequences.
How often will they be able to do it, for instance, before businesses stop expecting it to happen and decide not to prepare? Each delay erodes the expectation that it'll ever take place.
And it cements in place - until at least next summer and probably longer - a status quo where EU companies can deliver to the UK with no hassle, but UK exporters get hit by all the paperwork. Still. Take back control. Great work lads.

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