UK Chamber of Shipping warns the EU to ‘stop being prisoner to its own dogma’

The organisation welcomes the Government White Paper on Brexit, which was released today

The UK Chamber of Shipping, which represents over 200 shipping companies in the UK, has given the Prime Minister’s White Paper its seal of approval, and demanded the European Union now ‘gets serious’.

Director of Policy David Balston said:

“The Prime Minister is to be commended for this detailed paper which shows the government has listened to industry’s concerns.

“This vision for the UK’s future relationship with the EU is bold, comprehensive, ambitious and robust.  It is good for both the UK and the EU economy; it guarantees both that the referendum result will be delivered, as well as the free flow of goods over national borders.

“Just as importantly, it will put the UK at the forefront of global customs arrangements, making UK customs processes streamlined not just for European trade, but for trade with countries around the world – allowing the UK to further develop its status as a global trading nation.

“It is time now for the EU to get serious and stop being prisoner to its own dogma.  The UK is being constructive, collaborative and realistic.  If the EU dismisses these proposals, as it has previous iterations, or tries to push the UK even further, then the risk of a no-deal Brexit will rise dramatically.  If that comes to pass it will be because of their own intransigence, and they should be under no illusions: a no-deal scenario would significantly damage the European economy as well as the UK’s.”

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Jonathan Roberts

Communications Director

020 7417 2833 / 07810 304006