As the latest round of Brexit negotiations gets under way between the UK and EU next week (1 June 2020), the leading business group representing logistics is urging officials to prioritise the needs of the industry on both sides of the Channel in the talks, in order to make progress and protect the UK/EU supply chain.

“It is of paramount importance that progress is made now towards the creation of a trade agreement that’s acceptable to both parties,” says Sarah Laouadi, European Policy Manager at FTA, the business group which represents the logistics sector. “The UK has outlined its proposed free trade agreement, which the EU has had time to consider. On behalf of those responsible for manufacturing and moving goods on both sides of the border, we are urging both sides to approach next week’s round of discussions in an open and welcoming manner, to ensure that progress can be made on reaching a consensus that benefits both sides.

“With so little time left before both sides are due to take stock of the negotiations and assess whether a deal can be finalised within the Brexit deadlines, it is now imperative that progress is made at the talks. The EU and UK have a highly interdependent supply chain, which affects so many businesses on both side of the Channel, and our members are keen that this week’s negotiations ensure that the work that is done by so many businesses to trade effectively can continue without interruption.”

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