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Peel Ports Strengthens Role in UK Supply Chain

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Terminal operator Peel Ports Group has announced that it has acquired leading UK and Irish shipping company Quality Freight Limited for an undisclosed sum. According to a statement, the purchase of Quality Freight is central to Peel Ports’ attempts to extending its services and becoming a central pillar in UK-wide trade and logistics. It is the latest development for Peel ... Read More »

Brexit bill: PM sets out details of customs compromise

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Theresa May is setting out the details of a series of compromises designed to try and win the support of Labour MPs for her Brexit plan. The cabinet earlier agreed the idea of a temporary customs relationship until the next general election, and measures on the environment and workers’ rights. These will be included in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, to ... Read More »

400 million Customs Declarations may be needed for UK-EU trade after Brexit

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London : If the UK leaves the EU after Brexit without staying in the Customs Union, these teams will need to be reassembled. A year ago, HMRC’s head told Parliament they estimated that 400 million Customs Declarations would then be required at a cost of roughly £32.50. This will more than double the total number of Declarations currently needed by ... Read More »

Kiwis entering UK given greater access to automated passport eGates

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Travelling to the United Kingdom just became easier for Kiwis. An announcement was made today by the Minister of Customs, Kris Faafoi, who said eligible Kiwis will now be able to use passport eGates to enter the UK more quickly. Previously, New Zealanders had to sign-up to the UK’s Registered Traveller programme to use eGates – this will no longer ... Read More »

Bail-out plea to save 4,500 jobs as British Steel buckles

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inisters were last night desperately trying to find a way to save 4,500 British Steel jobs and thousands more in the supply chain as the company teetered on the brink of collapse. The Government held crisis talks with Greybull, the buyout firm that owns British Steel, about a £30m rescue deal. Without it, British Steel is expected to declare insolvency, ... Read More »

Would a customs union with the EU really be so terrible?

Rotterdam is preparing for the Brexit. The consequences of the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union will clearly be felt here. For example, additional customs formalities and food and goods inspections are required from 30 March 2019. Rotterdam, Netherlands, on September 12, 2018.(Photo by Robin Utrecht/Sipa USA)

There is little the UK’s increasingly polarised Leave and Remain tribes agree on, but the horror of a UK-EU customs union “compromise” seems to be one such rare beast. It feels like every day there is an article on how bad this will be, how the UK will be economically and politically damaged, possibly irrecoverably, if it signs up to ... Read More »

Customs foils bid to smuggle heroin to UK

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The Pakistan Customs on Thursday claimed to have foiled a smuggling bid of narcotics from Karachi to the United Kingdom. A spokesperson for the Customs said the staff posted at the Drug Enforcement Cell (DEC) at the Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, received a tip-off about possible smuggling of narcotics to the United Kingdom through a courier service. The DEC was ... Read More »

Cross-party Brexit talks to end without agreement, and 100 stabbed in UK this year

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After MPs rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal for the third time in March, the prime minister said she would speak to Labour, to try to find a compromise. The BBC has learned those talks are about to end – without an agreement. Labour wanted a permanent and comprehensive customs union with the EU after Brexit. But some Conservatives felt this ... Read More »

A new direction of travel for the UK and Ireland

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In 1952, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland agreed passport-free travel between their countries. They added the rights to reside and work in 1954 and to claim social security the following year. In 1957, they formalised this in a treaty creating the Nordic Passport Union, with a common external immigration frontier. In 1962, an associated treaty was signed for political co-operation ... Read More »

Brexit could push UK companies into ‘greater contact with corrupt markets’

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Brexit could push British companies into “greater contact with corrupt markets” and increase bribery, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned. With only a handful of trade deals in place as the clock ticks down to EU exit in October, the agency has sent top-secret files to the government detailing countries of concern. “It is a realistic possibility that the ... Read More »

UK food and drink exports hit record £5.7bn in Q1

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London : According to the most recent figures from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), UK food and drink exports have almost doubled since 2007 and are now worth £22bn (US$28.5bn) a year. Trade minister Graham Stuart MP is due to speak at the Food and Drink Federation’s annual convention in London today (14 May) to praise the “booming” sector. ... Read More »

Art exports from UK hit three-year high in 2018 ahead of Brexit

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The value of art exports from the UK hit a three-year high in 2018, reaching £5.4bn, according to analysis by private wealth law firm Boodle Hatfield. Exports of art, collectors’ pieces and antiques from the UK to the EU surged in 2018, rising 64 per cent to £240m, up from £150m in 2018. Boodle Hatfield said the rise in EU ... Read More »

Thames network to monitor air pollution from cruise ships

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A new network of air pollution monitors has been installed to record emissions from cruise ships docking in Greenwich. The £80,000 network has been funded by the Port of London Authority (PLA) and installed in partnership with Breathe London and the borough councils covering both Greenwich and Tower Hamlets. The eight monitoring stations, all located close to the Greenwich Ship ... Read More »

Brexit: UK will take part in European elections, says David Lidington

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The UK will have to hold European elections, despite hopes from the government a Brexit deal would be done by then, says the PM’s de facto deputy. The vote is due on 23 May, but Theresa May said the UK would not have to take part if MPs agreed a Brexit plan first. Now, David Lidington says “regrettably” it is ... Read More »

Brexit: Theresa May to meet Sir Graham Brady amid calls to resign

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Theresa May is to meet the chairman of an influential committee of backbench Tory MPs, Sir Graham Brady, amid calls for her to set a firm resignation date. It follows a request from the 1922 Committee for “clarity” on the issue. No 10 insists the meeting is routine, but pressure is mounting on the PM, with local Tory associations confirming ... Read More »

‘Zombie firms’ a major drag on UK economy, analysis shows

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A rising number of underperforming “zombie firms” are creating a major drag on the UK economy and threaten to exacerbate a future downturn, says a new analysis by KPMG. As many as one in seven UK firms are potentially “under sustained financial strain” and had been able to “stagger on” partly thanks to low interest rates, the accountancy firm warned. ... Read More »

Brexit: Outbreak of optimism over customs union talks

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After almost a month out of the headlines, Brexit will return to the top of the agenda next Tuesday with the conclusion of negotiations between the government and Labour. Both sides sounded optimistic this week about reaching a common position on the UK’s customs arrangements with the European Union. Theresa May has long ruled out membership of a customs union ... Read More »

UK car output to collapse on no-deal Brexit: industry

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Britain’s car output under a no-deal Brexit could collapse to a level last seen in “the dark days of the 1980s”, the nation’s industry body forecast on Tuesday. The warning came as Jaguar Land Rover said its new Land Rover Defender model would be assembled in Slovakia—but did not blame the move on the UK’s departure from the European Union. ... Read More »

Brexit: Labour aims to ‘pin down’ ministers as talks resume

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Talks between the government and Labour aimed at trying to break the Brexit deadlock have resumed in London. The process has largely been on hold since before Easter, when ministers announced a series of working groups to discuss individual issues. Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer said he wanted to “pin down” the government on what changes it was willing to make. ... Read More »

P&O sues UK government over no-deal Brexit ferry case

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Ferry firm P&O is taking legal action against the UK government, claiming a rival was unlawfully handed £33m of taxpayers’ money. Last month, the Department for Transport (DfT) was forced to settle with train operator Eurotunnel, which had challenged the procurement of no-deal Brexit shipping contracts. As part of the deal, Eurotunnel agreed to make improvements to its terminal. P&O ... Read More »