Birmingham news Goods stuck at border as Brexit paperwork 'drowning' Brum firms MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Deputy council leader Cllr Brigid Jones spoke on the current impact of Brexit on the city in a full council meeting yesterday
Breaking News ! Birmingham businesses are “drowning in paperwork” with goods stuck at the border due to Brexit, it has been claimed. Cllr Brigid Jones (Lab) gave an update on the impact of Brexit on the city in answer to a question from Cllr Safia Akhtar (Lab) at full council meeting this week. Her words follow a deal wrapped up by the UK and EU on Christmas Eve, and reports of slow traffic at Calais due to Brexit stockpiling and more recently new regulatory and customs checks. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Cllr Jones said: “When it comes to Brexit, the timing couldn’t have been worse. “The deal was announced with barely a week to go on Christmas Eve with most of the nation already on leave or on furlough in the middle of a pandemic. “Luckily we have been planning for this for years at the city council working with regional and business partners so the immediate disruption to the council so far has been minimised. Read More Related Articles BirminghamLive newsletter: Daily news direct to your email inbox Read More Related Articles Get daily coronavirus updates with BirminghamLive newsletters straight to your inbox “But please be under no illusion that there will be long term impacts for us. “When it comes to our exporting businesses, they are starting to report they are drowning in paperwork. “Many have goods stuck on the wrong side of the border and most have no storage facilities to be able to deal with backlog and store goods which are stuck. “We are hugely worried about how this will play out in the long term as we are a high-export region.” Moving on to the services sector, she said the new deal may mean there will no longer mutual recognition of qualifications between the EU and UK and “that presents a real threat to this sector”. Musicians have been critical of the deal as it does not allow for visa-free touring on the continent. Read More Related Articles New Brexit travel rules - items covered from cheese sandwiches to champagne Read More Related Articles Holyhead port turns back six truckers as Brexit transition brings in new red tape Cllr Jones said: “The deal also leaves me hugely worried for our cultural sector.
. “[The industry is] vital to our city’s economy, and has already been crippled by our virus - but it’s also absolutely critical to the cultural life of our city as well. “That is a massive, massive concern for me.” Speaking about the £1.5 billion per year UK Shared Prosperity Fund due to replace EU structural funds, she said: “That is needed more than ever right now. We still don’t know how that is going to work. “At the moment, most of that funds jobs and skills programmes in the city. We have more people out of work than ever right now and we need that funding confirmed.”
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Moving on to the impact on families in the city, she said: “Families are suddenly facing huge new bills to visit their own families and loved ones in mainland Europe. “We have still got thousands of citizens in Birmingham who still need to register for their settled or pre-settled status in order to access their rights. “Can I urge all of you - if you are an EU citizen or know any - to encourage them to register for settled or pre-settled status to make sure you receive the rights you are entitled to after this summer. “This isn’t a great deal for our city but we will continue monitoring things as the changes take effect and we continue telling Government what our city needs in future negotiations with the EU.” “We are going to continue listening, we are going to continue monitoring the situation because lots of the impacts of the deal will be slow-burn.”
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