There can be few political events in the last few years that have been analysed quite as much as Brexit. From whether there should have been a referendum in the first place, to countless projections of what the leave result will mean in every aspect of life the UK.
Unfortunately, at this point we cannot possibly know exactly how it will affect the economy – we can only wait and see.
Voters, seemingly made their decision based on a deeply entrenched belief, and a simple yes or no divided people in a way that General Elections rarely did. Leave voters desired to ‘take back control’ of the country’s borders and free themselves from the ‘petty regulations’ (and monetary commitment) that being part of the EU entailed. Remain voters believed that the UK was better off being part of the EU.
The EU Referendum took place on 23rd June 2016 and the result was extremely close, with Leave achieving 51.9% of the vote and Remain 48.1%.
Following the result, the UK found itself with a new Prime Minister – Teresa May and her government set about triggering Article 50 (a plan for any country wishing to leave the EU). Then began the difficult negotiations to ensure that the UK achieved the best possible result from the severance of this relationship.
During these ongoing negotiations, the most difficult challenge for courier companies (and other businesses) is that without knowing what the result of these negotiations will be – it is very difficult to plan ahead and protect themselves against any potential disruption.
Because a ‘Hard Brexit’ would likely mean a complete severance of EU ties and economic isolation from Europe; courier and logistics companies will be hoping for a ‘Soft Brexit’ – as this would cause less disruption and potentially make it easier to deliver to European countries.
The Business Advisory Group has been set up for businesses to consult with the government over the Brexit process. This is a positive move for businesses to ensure that they are more involved, informed and prepared for the moment the UK leaves the European Union.
- The Trade Bill will provide a legal framework for the UK to agree free trade deals with countries across the globe. This will hopefully include the Nafta group comprising of Canada, Mexico and the US.
- The Commonwealth Summit in 2018 will be an ideal opportunity to discuss trade links with the 52 member countries and the UK government will not want to waste such an occasion in the circumstances.
- The Automated and Electronic Vehicles Bill is looking to ensure that the future of UK courier services is more environmentally friendly.
- A Digital Charter in the Data Protection Bill will go some way towards preventing internet crime and therefore increase trust in online transactions.
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