The retail industry has welcomed the proposed frictionless customs system outlined in the government’s Brexit white paper, but called for more clarity on the terms of the deal.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said it welcomed the progress made on tariffs and the proposal of a free trade area, but added that further clarity about how they would work was needed.
Helen Dickinson, CEO of the BRC said: “The BRC has made it clear that a frictionless customs system is vital for retail businesses, so it is encouraging to have seen some progress within the white paper, but the retail industry still needs clarity on how this will be facilitated. A well-organised, functioning frictionless customs arrangement is essential to ensure our fragile food supply chains are maintained to allow consumers to continue access the choice and value of goods they are accustomed to.”
The BRC added that a mobility framework that allows retailers access to European employment markets is essential if the retail industry is to access the numbers of employees it needs after Brexit.