London - Britain must avoid a no-deal Brexit, says the UK Chamber of Shipping’s chief executive, Bob Sanguinetti. “A scenario in which we leave the EU without a deal remains the most disruptive of all possible outcomes. The complex logistics network that has allowed the economies of Britain and Europe to develop is at risk, and our single greatest threat is the loss of trade volumes in the longer term.”
In the United Kingdom, the shipping sector employs 50 thousand people and moves 95% of the international trade. “There is a direct relationship between political decisions and the daily lives of ordinary people. It is a fact that no-deal represents the most drastic dislocation of trading links with the EU for a generation. We can’t be sure that deliveries of agricultural products, food, pharmaceuticals, and more besides will be unaffected,” stated Sanguinetti in a press release.
Sanguinetti asks the british government “to state exactly what procedures and processes are in place on both sides of the Channel, and to allocate the necessary resources to support customs, immigration and security. We ask for closer cooperation with the wider logistics community, who know better than anyone else what the logistical consequences of a no-deal Brexit will be. And, for the sake of every ‘link’ in the vast pan-European supply chain, which relies on fast, frictionless trade, we must, must do everything we can to strike a deal before the 31st October comes around.