Government Pledges £9 Million For No-Deal Preparation At Ports

Cheryl Sanders
August 22, 2019

The government has announced today that local authorities in the North West including Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester will receive extra funding to help fully prepare for Brexit, which is due to happen on October 31.

The ID will be an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number that will allow businesses to continue trading with the bloc even in the event of Britain leaving the European Union without any agreements in place on 31 October.

An EORI will allow firms to keep trading with customers and suppliers in the Europe after the United Kingdom has left the EU.

Further comment came from UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Steve Barclay who said, "An incredible amount of time and effort goes into EU meetings with attendance just the tip of the iceberg".

While the chancellor has not committed to an emergency budget, the Treasury say that he is "determined to grip Brexit preparations".

'We recognise Portsmouth and Southampton are playing a crucial role in ensuring a smooth transition for businesses and residents after we leave the European Union on October 31, and that's why we're giving over £450,000 of additional funding to support these areas to boost their Brexit preparations'.

As the government continues to accelerate its preparations for Brexit on October 31, the decision to ditch NDAs in the vast majority of circumstances, was made this week by Ministers at a XO committee meeting.

Mike Cherry, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said: "If the nightmare of a chaotic no-deal Brexit on 31 October becomes a reality, our small traders will the first ones off the cliff".

He said doing so would free up time to prepare for the departure from the EU.

"These businesses are the ones that need to prepare the most, so it is welcome to see the Government has listened to us and is taking concrete action".

Johnson's government plans to double the support available for customs agents to train new staff or invest in technology to help businesses complete customs declarations. The proportion of firms applying for EORI numbers was concerningly low, and automatic issuance will help ease the administrative burden facing companies in the weeks and months ahead. For many firms, it will trigger more questions.

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