Boris Johnson has been criticized for the lack of information and certainty given to small traders about the bureaucratic changes they would face after Brexit. UK importers and exporters will face increasing red tape from January 1, 2022 to continue trading with the European Union, leaving radio host Matthew Wright to warn that the British were ‘wrong’ to think the process output of the block is now complete. Speaking on LBC, the broadcaster said, “If soaring energy bills, rising inflation and falling wages don’t give you the New Years blues, wait until I tell you about the joy. of the New Year that Brexit will bring us.
“If you think Boris Johnson did Brexit earlier this year, you are wrong.
“Other issues with Brexit are looming.
“Trucks could be delayed or refused entry to ports because UK businesses are not prepared for the additional bureaucracy that will revolve around importing goods from the EU at midnight on New Years Eve . “
Companies trading regularly with the European Union have lamented the lack of detail on future relations with the bloc across most negotiations between the UK and the EU.
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But despite the deal struck last December between the two sides, Mr Wright argued that small traders still don’t know what is being asked of them and how they will fund the changes needed to continue trading with the bloc.
He continued: “UK businesses have to make customs declarations for imported goods.
“Importers and exporters will also need to prepare additional documents for beverages, food and animal products in order to avoid tariffs and obtain a reduced tariff rate.
“But only 1 in 4 small UK importers are ready for any of these changes. I kind of understand why, as some small traders don’t have the time or money to adjust to all this new bureaucracy.
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European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic said problems with the Northern Ireland protocol meant the UK had “broken international law” by trying to circumvent the arrangement.
But he said he was still convinced that a compromise could be found between the two parties, although he admitted it would not be easy.
Mr Sefcovic told Der Spiegel he was “pragmatic” that Foreign Minister Liz Truss would take responsibility for post-Brexit negotiations with the EU, following the resignation of Brexit Minister Lord Frost in the Beginning of the month.
But he warned that if Ms Truss were to trigger Article 16, it would jeopardize “the foundation of the whole deal” between the two sides.
Ms Truss said she remained ready to invoke Article 16, which would effectively unilaterally suspend the protocol.