Brexit: UK wants to go “further and faster” by 2022 – News

The agreement, which entered into force on January 1, 2021, guarantees the movement of goods without tariffs or quotas despite the UK leaving the EU and, subsequently, the single market and the European customs union.

The celebration of the first anniversary coincides with the application of new customs controls at British borders, postponed since last year to avoid disruption in the movement of food goods.

Since signing the agreement, London claims to have sought to “capitalize on the new freedoms”, namely reducing bureaucracy for companies, reforming EU rules and regulations that it kept in legislation and boosting foreign trade.

Alongside the review of legislation inherited from the EU, the British Government is preparing a regulatory framework that will place the country at the “front of science and technology” in areas such as artificial intelligence, transport, agriculture and technology for health.

“A year ago, we started our new relationship with the EU (…). That was just the beginning – our mission since then has been to maximize the benefits of ‘Brexit’ [como ficou conhecido o processo da saída britânico do bloco comunitário] so that we can prosper as a modern, dynamic and independent country,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.

In 2022, he added, the Government intends to go “further and faster to fulfill the promise of ‘Brexit’ and take advantage of the enormous potential that our new freedoms bring”.

However, from 1 January, British importers will have to submit full customs declarations, including certificates of origin, on the goods they bring from the EU to the UK, documents that until now could be submitted up to 175 days later.

Importers will also have to give at least four hours notice before shipments of fresh food, animals and plants reach the UK borders due to special controls that these types of products require, or risk being refused entry.

These processes will continue to be suspended in Northern Ireland, while negotiations are underway on the Protocol for that British region, which benefits from a special status due to the land border with the Republic of Ireland.

The potential impact of the new controls and documentation on smaller and less prepared companies is worrying food industry associations, as the UK imports five times more food than it exports to the EU.

The British Frozen Food Federation said this week that new EU restrictions on animal and vegetable products could result in major delays at ports in the New Year because some elements of the supply chain, especially European logistics companies, may not be prepared for the changes.

“We are concerned that not enough planning has been done to ensure that the new requirements are understood by everyone in the food supply chain,” said Federation Chief Executive Richard Harrow, who fears that “January could be a tense month for food companies. our members”.

Although lorry drivers have to declare goods and certificates of origin, British authorities have promised to continue to ease controls until the rules are tightened from July 2022, when tighter controls are expected to take effect.

 
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