A traffic-light analysis of how well the Brexit negotiations meet the UK Chamber's key aims
The Chamber's key aims for Brexit have remained consistent through out the ongoing political fluctuations. The following traffic light scheme is designed to provide Members with an update on the Chamber's perspectives on the process and how confident we are in the Government delivering our key aims.
Preserve existing ease of doing business
The continued free flow of ro-ro freight between the UK and its neighbours is of vital economic importance to all countries concerned, which all rely on just-in-time supply chains. The Government is considering two custom systems after the UK leaves the EU: a "new customs partnership" and a "highly streamlined arrangement"
The Chamber supports the first option, a "new customs partnership". This option represents the best way to preserve the free flow of lorries and trailers between the UK and its neighbours.
The new customs partnership depends upon a negotiated trade agreement that replicates the trade facilitation measures that currently benefit UK and EU logistic chains. The Government are working closely with UK Chamber in identifying how custom processes presently work, how they can be improved and where alignment is possible. With the October negotiation deadline looming however, the Chamber encourages the Government to quicken its progress and provide better guidance to what UK ro-ro operators can expect in their operational regualtions. .
Ensure access to talent
The continued free movement of workers who are nationals of EEA Member states has proven to be of benefit to UK shipping and should continue.
Arrangements for the continued mutual recognition and acceptance of seafarers' Certificates of Competency and Certificates of Proficiency issued in any EEA Member state are of utmost importance and must equally benefit UK nationals seeking employment on vessels flagged in other Member States and companies wishing to employ nationals of other Member States om ships registered in the UK.
Subject to confirmation of the withdrawal agreement, the UK and EU have confirmed the continuation of mutual recognition of seafarer certificates until January 2021. However, the UK Government are yet to announce their plan for immigration policy post Brexit, and their remains doubt about the continued recognition of certificates
Reform domestic maritime policy
The Government has pro-actively engaged industry to seek reforms to the UK maritime regulatory framework. The Chamber is discussing with Government, various policies which the UK could amend after March 2019. These include improvements to state aid guidelines, reporting obligations and flag registration. In addition to identifying policy reform, the Chamber has improved awareness with the Government of the importance of continued UK participation in certain EU schemes such as the European Maritime Safety Agency.
The Government's Maritime 2050 strategy is another reflection of the Government seeking to stimulate the UK maritime sector through close industrial engagement. The Chamber has submitted evidence to the strategy programme and has participated in workshops to discuss the future of UK shipping.