Brexit: British imports and exports assessed by an expert
In December, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the bloc signed a trade deal based on zero tariffs on most products. However, trade has been disrupted by high shipping costs, transportation delays as well as stricter customs requirements at the border.
But imports from the EU fell by 21.7 percent, while in comparison, UK trade with non-EU countries increased slightly over the same period.
For the first time since 1997, the UK imported more in March from outside the EU than from inside.
But as French and German exporters seek other markets due to the bureaucracy imposed by Brexit, a Leaver said it was the bloc’s fault.
Boris Johnson signed a Brexit deal in December
He tweeted: “Brexit supporters wanted Britain out of the EU but not the conditions.
“Barnier kept telling us that those we wanted were coming back to ‘cherry picking’.
“The end result is therefore what Barnier and the EU have deigned to concede.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Earlier this week, Germany’s Heller – which specializes in making crankshaft machines for milling engines – said it was taking “twice as long” to deliver goods to its UK factory in Redditch.
Klaus Winkler, chief executive of the company, said: “There is no vaccination against Brexit.
“A truck traveling from Nürtingen to Redditch takes twice as long and we have to spend a lot more hours with all the bureaucracy.
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“We had to increase the stock levels and maintain them because they didn’t improve. “
Paul Maeser, from Germany’s leading industry association BDI, said small businesses cannot cope and “will not continue to serve this market”.
He said: “Some of them said they just couldn’t cope with this anymore, so they wouldn’t continue to serve this market. “
French President Emmanuel Macron
This month, French fishermen staged a protest, setting off flares as dozens of boats gathered in the waters near Jersey.
The ships eventually pulled out after the arrival of two Royal Navy warships.
The protest came after France accused Jersey of dragging its feet to issue new licenses to French boats after Brexit.
Michel Barnier, former European Brexit negotiator
French fishermen continued to claim that British dependence on Jersey imposed unfair restrictions on the waters in which they could fish.
Earlier this week, Michael Gove said British officials were working to resolve the issue with their French counterparts.
He said: “I know that George Eustice and Lord Frost have had conversations with their French and European counterparts to defuse the situation”.
French fishermen blockade Jersey
The diplomat said: “It’s not just France and it’s not just fishing.
“Britain must fully implement the agreements it signed, which is not currently the case.”