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Exporters have said they find it difficult to move their trucks because they prefer a “sudden ambush” of paperwork. Canal 4 Journalist Alex Thomson visited a logistics company in Kent facing serious disruption due to paperwork and post-Brexit border controls. Company staff blamed the European Union and “especially France” for the mess with the paperwork that keeps thousands of trucks on the roads, according to Mr. Thomson.

David Zaccheo, managing director of transport company Alcaline, told Channel 4 that his trucks should be “on the road to make money.”
He continued, “Right now they’re all parked here, obviously because we have so many paperwork issues leaving the county right now.

“The customers themselves are probably as frustrated as we are because they want their shipments to go out and at the moment they’re all here. ”

Mr Thomson described the problems facing businesses in the field, like Alkaline, as “a red tap, filling out forms, bureaucracy”.

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He added that inside the company office, the staff were working “hard”. Staff inside “blame the EU, the French in particular”, according to Mr Thomson who added that the UK government is also to blame for “a mess that was predicted months ago but feels here like a sudden ambush ”.

“Our just-in-time system is creaking,” said Thomson.

The presenter also panointed to reports of empty supermarket shelves in Northern Ireland as evidence of problems caused by new border export and import regulations.

He added: “Carriers warn that the tangle of red tape has slowed the flow of goods. ”

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Over the weekend, a European source accused the UK of rejecting a “standard” proposal that would have exempted artists from the requirement to obtain a work permit.

A European source close to the negotiations told the Independent: “It is generally in our agreements with third countries that work visas are not required for musicians.

“We tried to include it, but the UK said no. ”

They added that the prime minister refused the deal because he “said they were ending the free time”.

But this afternoon, Downing Street said the responsibility for the decision was purely Brussels.


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