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UK’s top toilet roll supplier stockpiling in case of no-deal Brexit


London : One of the UK’s biggest suppliers of toilet and kitchen roll has been stockpiling about 3.5m rolls in UK warehouses in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. The German firm Wepa said it had been storing an extra 600 tonnes of toilet and kitchen roll in the last three to four months to safeguard supplies in Britain, in case ... Read More »

EU agriculture commissioner says UK customs plan violates WTO rules


London : The UK’s tariff system proposal is illegal, agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said last week. The no-deal customs regime outlined by UK officials is admittedly “transitional” and only meant to last for 12 months only – but is clearly disruptive. What’s paramount, however, is that the UK’s tariff system proposal is illegal, according to agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. As ... Read More »



London : The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, under terms still being sorted out in London, Brussels and across the EU27 countries. This is called Brexit. Brexit is far more than an economic or cultural matter between Brits and Europeans. The little understood “backstop” reflects a determined effort to maintain peace and an ... Read More »

‘It’s all up to the UK to salvage Brexit now,’ says Varadkar


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has thrown down the gauntlet to the UK to come up with a workable solution to the Brexit impasse before it’s too late to stop a no-deal scenario. With talks in Brussels running into difficulty, the Taoiseach said Ireland had offered everything it can to help the situation. His position is backed up by EU chiefs who ... Read More »

UK business investment set to stay low on Brexit doubts


BIRMINGHAM, England : British business investment will probably stay low for the next few years because uncertainty over what Brexit will mean for the country’s economy is unlikely to lift quickly, Bank of England interest-rate setter Jonathan Haskel said on Monday. Britain might need more than the 21 months foreseen in the withdrawal agreement that Prime Minister Theresa May struck ... Read More »

Huge queues as French customs staff stage Brexit drill for Eurostar at Gare du Nord in Paris


Train services from Paris to London were delayed and there were huge queues today as French customs staff staged “Brexit-style” security checks at the Gare du Nord. The border officials imposed a “work-to-rule” as they demanded a boost to their workforce to deal with extra checks after the UK quits the European Union. As passengers and trains were hit by ... Read More »

French customs agents disrupt Calais port ahead of Brexit


Traffic jams built up on Tuesday around the French port of Calais as customs officers worked to rule, carrying out tighter checks on lorries heading for the Channel Tunnel and the ferry port. The action, which began on Monday, is aimed at improving pay and staff numbers ahead of the UK’s expected departure from the EU on 29 March. Dunkirk, ... Read More »

British firms must consider Transitional Simplified Procedures for Brexit


British businesses importing goods from the EU should consider applying for and using Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) to prepare for Brexit and avoid huge delays at ports, regardless of the outcome of current negotiations, a leading expert from The Customs People warns. HMRC unveiled the procedures in February and said they will make it easier for businesses to import goods ... Read More »

Barnier ‘working on legal add-on’ to Brexit deal to help May


Michel Barnier has told EU ambassadors that he is having to repeatedly rebut British demands for a time limit on the Irish backstop but that he is working on a legal add-on to the Brexit deal to help the prime minister. During a meeting on Friday in Brussels, the EU’s chief negotiator expressed frustration with the British demands after the ... Read More »

Ireland bracing for the Brexit storm


A hooded crow scurries along the low tide line here at Rosslare Strand on a cold clear February morning. The black and grey bird is in the company of other feathered visitors from Northern Europe and further afield who spend the winter here in Ireland — Arctic terns flittering through the sand, beached shells and seaweed. Just off shore, a ... Read More »

Firms face loss of EU access after failing to apply for customs IDs

A demonstrator waves a Union flag and a European Union flag as they take part in a march calling for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal, in central London on October 20, 2018. - Britons dreading life outside Europe gathered from all corners of the UK to London on Saturday to try to stop their country's looming breakup with the EU. (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE'N / AFP)

London : hundreds of thousands of UK companies face losing access to EU markets in a “no-deal” Brexit because they have not completed even the most basic paperwork, the Government has warned. Officials fear they will have to let ­vehicles through the border with no checks, ignoring their lack of paperwork simply to avoid a crisis of goods stuck outside ... Read More »

Minister Heather Humphreys urges Irish businesses trading with UK to register for a Revenue customs number ahead of Brexit


London : Businesses that trade with the UK are being urged to register for a Revenue customs number as Brexit looms. Business Minister Heather Humphreys asked people to take a few minutes to register for a number if they want to continue to trade with the UK post-Brexit. Ms Humphreys made the call as she announced a series of free ... Read More »

Switzerland, UK aim to keep status quo for residents after Brexit


ZURICH : Switzerland and the United Kingdom have signed an agreement to help their citizens living in the respective countries keep their existing rights, including being able to move and change jobs, after the UK leaves the European Union. “Both Swiss and British citizens will retain the rights obtained under the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) between ... Read More »

Businesses trading with UK urged to register for customs number


London : Businesses that trade with the UK are being urged to register for a Revenue customs number as Brexit looms. Business Minister Heather Humphreys asked people to take a few minutes to register for a number if they want to continue to trade with the UK post-Brexit. Ms Humphreys made the call as she announced a series of free ... Read More »

UK FAILS to roll over Japan and Turkey trade deals for ‘no deal’ Brexit


Negotiators had hoped to continue with the deals, which also includes a customs union agreement with Turkey. However, according to the Daily Telegraph, the UK has run out of time and officials claim several crucial deals would not be finalised by March 29. The negotiators believed in keeping the deals in order to minimise disruption for importers and exporters. In ... Read More »

Brexit LIVE: Chaos as UK to be blocked from MAJOR EU trade deals in event of no-deal


London : THE EU’s trade agreements with Japan, Algeria and Turkey will not automatically still apply to the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Government has confirmed. The revelation was made in the latest document released by Whitehall as the UK gears up its preparations to leave the Brussels trade bloc without a deal. The Government said ... Read More »

UK’s Labour urges government to back customs Brexit plan ahead of Brussels visit


LONDON: British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will on Tuesday urge the government to adopt his party’s Brexit plan for a permanent customs union with the European Union, ahead of a visit to Brussels. With just six weeks until Britain is due to leave the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May is yet to win ratification of British lawmakers for her ... Read More »

Portsmouth International Port bid for £18m investment

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London : An £18.7m investment for Portsmouth International Port could mean the city would be a leading competitor in the cruise market, and could significantly improve ferry operations. Portsmouth is already considered a major UK port and its commercial success means it contributed £7.8m this year to Portsmouth City Council’s budget. Portsmouth City Council now feel their is a big ... Read More »

The UK’s First Legal Bulk Cannabis Shipment Has Finally Arrived


The first bulk shipment of 800g of legal cannabis arrived in the UK from the Netherlands on Thursday. The shipment cleared UK customs on Friday morning, ending months of frustration for patients who have been legally prescribed the medicine, but could not find a pharmacy prepared to supply it. The medicine is now on its way to patients who are ... Read More »

UK economy to make modest post-Brexit recovery if deal agreed

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Britain’s economy will barely grow in the run-up to Brexit amid concern the UK will leave the European Union without an agreement, but if there is a deal there will be a modest post-divorce upturn, according to economists polled by Reuters. Economists mostly said a free-trade deal between the two will be made and expectations that Britain will leave on ... Read More »