UK GOVERNMENT ‘GAGGING ORDERS’ HAVE ‘UNDERMINED BUSINESS PREPARATION FOR NO-DEAL BREXIT’

On 19th March, the Huffington Post carried a story saying that the UK Government has been accused of hampering businesses from preparing for no-deal Brexit by making industry leaders sign gagging orders before discussing proposals for cross-border trade.  Major trade associations including the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) criticised the government’s “counter-productive” decision to tie them into non-disclosure agreements before meetings with officials.  It has meant they have not been able to share the government’s latest thinking with their member companies in sufficient time, they said, stressing that industry is now not ready for a no-deal Brexit on March 29th.  A letter to the Joint Customs Consultative Committee with HMRC accuses the government of failing to communicate plans for a no-deal Brexit properly or in good time.

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/exclusive-businesses-no-deal-brexit-preparations-hampered-by-government-gagging-orders_uk_5c8fd0e4e4b0d50544fe6658

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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