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IoD responds to border model and Brexit readiness campaign

13 Jul 2020

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Responding to the Government’s publication of its Border Operating Model, and the launch of a campaign to improve Brexit readiness, Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the Institute of Directors, said:

“Business leaders are doing their utmost just to keep their organisations afloat at present. While we appreciate the government committing to help traders get ready, there are still many unanswered questions and the timing is far from ideal.

“It’s welcome to look at staggering the impact of changes, but without knowing what the final outcome will be or the contingencies from both sides, unilateral action now could potentially make little difference. The UK and EU need to do this together.

"Trying to plan for Brexit proper while it’s still being negotiated is a tall order. Many of our members have said they can't prepare fully until they have the detail of all the relevant changes in front of them. With an extension ruled out, a reciprocal, phased approach is crucial.

“Furthermore, with a significant proportion of businesses struggling to prepare amid the coronavirus crisis, the government should put more resource into helping firms access the specialist advice they need to prepare across a range of impact areas, just as other countries have done."

Recent survey results on businesses’ Brexit readiness (full report here):

978 respondents, conducted between 12-29 June 2020.

The UK is currently negotiating a new relationship with the EU after Brexit, which is due to come into force when the current 'status quo' transition period ends in December. The government has said it does not intend to extend the transition period.  How prepared do you feel your organisation is for any changes arising from this?

 

Total

Small

Medium

Large

We are fully prepared

24%

24%

23%

22%

We are somewhat prepared but intend to do more

19%

16%

24%

29%

We can't focus on Brexit due to the impact of coronavirus on my organisation

14%

14%

13%

13%

We will adjust once final changes are clear

31%

32%

29%

27%

We don't expect Brexit to impact my organisation

11%

12%

9%

6%

Don't know

2%

2%

2%

3%

 

In light of the pandemic, what are your views on the UK's future economic relationship with the EU in your industry/sector, with regards to the trade off between EU trade and being able to diverge from EU rules?

 

Total

Small

Medium

Large

I think prioritising EU trade is more important than being able to diverge from EU rules

57%

56%

55%

64%

I think being able to diverge from EU rules is more important than prioritising EU trade

36%

36%

39%

32%

Don't know

7%

7%

6%

4%

 

How important is it that the government reaches a deal with the EU for:

Your organisation:

 

Total

Small

Medium

Large

Very important

34%

34%

31%

39%

Somewhat important

35%

34%

40%

36%

Not very important

19%

20%

17%

14%

Not important

11%

12%

11%

10%

Don't know

1%

0%

1%

1%

 

The UK economy: 

 

Total

Small

Medium

Large

Very important

65%

65%

62%

68%

Somewhat important

24%

24%

25%

22%

Not very important

7%

7%

10%

5%

Not important

4%

4%

2%

5%

Don't know

1%

1%

1%

0%

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