Turkish trade experts gave evidence to the parliamentary International Trade Committee today and warned that, although the Turkey-EU Customs Union helps gets goods across the border, it doesn’t help the trucks in which those goods are contained. This can lead to massive border delays of up to 24 hours because of shortage of truck permits, costs, x-rays, disinfection, taxes and other issues.
Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, member of the International Trade Committee and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“This devastating evidence about the delays and obstacles facing truck drivers entering the EU from Turkey will come as blow to Britain’s 318,000 HGV drivers - left facing long checks, inspections and new paperwork even if a customs deal is done.
“Outside the EU and EEA, drivers face problems with visa checks and a lack of individual permit availability when driving through each separate European country, sometimes of over 24 hours. Two Turkish trade experts described this issue as ‘red alert’ when giving evidence at the International Trade Select Committee today. With two million lorries passing through the Dover straits each year, this issue is of critical importance.
“MPs need to wake up and realise that outside the Single Market our ability to transit goods across the continent could be severely impaired. With the Government heading for a draft deal that won’t solve these problems, the time has come to allow the British people to have their voices heard on the terms of any Brexit deal through a People’s Vote.”