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RHA Stresses Need For ‘Free-Flowing’ Borders

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called on new prime minister Boris Johnson to keep the borders between the UK and the EU “free-flowing”.

In a statement released the same day that Boris Johnson was announced as the winner in the Conservative leadership contest, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “It’s vital for UK businesses that Mr Johnson ensures that firms can continue to move goods freely across our borders once we leave the EU.”

He added that one of the biggest complaints among RHA members and other businesses has been a lack of clarity from the government over how any new systems will work and what’s expected of them as the UK exits the EU.

Handy Shipping Guide reported that the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has been in contact with both Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt during the leadership contest to urge them both to consider the impact of a no-deal Brexit on UK-EU supply chains.

James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the FTA, told the news provider that, although the organisation has worked closely with the government to put contingency plans in place for a no-deal Brexit, they are “hugely concerned at the fragility of these plans”.

He added that FTA members remain convinced that a no-deal Brexit would be the “worst possible outcome for the economy”, and should therefore be “avoided at all costs”.

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