The Freight Transport Association of Ireland has suggested that the Brexit crisis could be cooled somewhat if the EU and the UK extended a transit or connectivity accord beyond its expiry date.
As reported by the Irish Examiner, the FTAI said that extending the agreement, which is due to expire at the end of the year, would allow tricks to move through the UK into the EU.
It suggested that, as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Berlin and Paris, that a case for a new transition deal should be made.
“If they leave on October 31 and this connectivity piece hasn’t been extended beyond 31 December there will be massive, massive complications whereas if it were extended for six months it would give time for mutual arrangements to be made between the UK and the EU,” Flynn said.
“The EU suggested the connectivity agreement but it very much depends on how the EU and the UK get on between now and the end of October. That is kind of critical.”
According to the FTAI, 13,000 commercial vehicles use 11 major routes between the North and the Republic, which would defend into chaos in a crash-out Brexit.
The group predicted that up to 100 vehicles a day alone would be delayed, carrying goods such as chicken and eggs, which will fall to mandatory checks based on EU single market rules.
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