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Some of the government’s latest ‘no deal’ Brexit notices are ‘deeply disturbing’ for a few key Suffolk businesses

PUBLISHED: 16:25 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:25 26 September 2018

Charles Rowett and John Dugmore

Charles Rowett and John Dugmore

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Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive John Dugmore has raised his concerns about the latest government notices around a no-deal Brexit.

Among the 24 notices that the government published earlier this week is one that says flights could cease between the UK and the rest of the EU if Britain crashes out of the block without a deal. Amongst them are several notices that highlight the Brexit issues faced by intellectual property right owners and, in some cases, confirm the Government’s approach to resolving them.

Mr Dugmore said: “While some local businesses will be reassured by some of the details in these notices, such as around IP protection, the admission that loss of market access is a possibility for others will be deeply disturbing for some key Suffolk businesses.

“There will be major concerns in key Suffolk-based industries such as logistics and road haulage that operate routinely across borders at European scale, that their markets will be fragmented by new licensing or regulatory frameworks.”

Mr Dugmore added that if the EU and the UK fail to reach a withdrawal agreement, businesses will “urgently need comprehensive answers” to the many outstanding questions on business continuity.

Shortly after Theresa May’s announcement regarding a lack of progress with negotiators last week in Salzburg, Mr Dugmore commented: “The Salzburg summit seems to have produced little of tangible value for UK businesses looking to effectively plan for the next couple of years.

“Our Suffolk members in particular are telling us over and over that the time for posturing from both sides is over.

“They want the negotiators to knuckle down and deliver tangible results that enable them to plan for the future. Suffolk firms need clarity, precision, and answers to their real-world, practical questions – and they need them fast. There is no time to lose. People’s livelihoods, major investments in our towns and cities and business confidence are at stake.”

“The Government must take every possible step to minimise the disruption and bureaucracy that could face firms in the future.”

Although the present government does not support the idea of a second referendum, a survey run by Suffolk EU Alliance has claimed to show an appetite for a second referendum in Ipswich.

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