Responding to the publication of the latest tranche of government no-deal notices, Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the Institute of Directors, said:
“This guidance underlines the increased administrative and cost burdens a no-deal scenario would mean for firms. From changing food labels to making applications for more haulage permits – crashing out with no agreement would prove a serious headache for business. Perhaps an even more pressing question raised by these notices is over how government will deal with taking on new responsibilities, such as chemicals regulation.
“Neither side wants the UK to leave without a deal in place, but Government must publish the remaining notices with haste in order to give businesses the full range of details they need to make preparations. There is a good degree of useful detail in this no-deal guidance, particularly on navigating the potential increase in traffic at borders.
“Firms now need to hear from Government about progress in the talks and expected timetables in order to help determine if and when they should trigger any contingency plans.
“While information about the future relationship would also be of benefit, the reality is that an orderly exit is now the most pressing priority. With just weeks to go until the October summit, negotiators should throw their full weight behind getting the withdrawal agreement sealed.”