UK officials tabled a brand new paper with strategies to keep “roll-on, roll-off” ports on both sides of the English Channel flowing as a portion of any prospective free-trade arrangement with the bloc. But Michel Barnier is thought to have “snubbed” the proposition since it could keep the EU indefinitely connected to an undesirable system. “The plan was snubbed since it might have tied the EU into a system when flexibility is going to be necessary during the time,” a Brussels insider said.”
Another source said member countries would be left to determine how best to handle incoming shipments.
The offer was made of a part of last week’s round of trade negotiations from the Belgian capital.
Negotiators advised their EU counterparts, it could be beneficial to broker an agreement to safeguard traders employing Channel Tunnel, the Dover-Calais and transport channels.
The Government proposed to allow companies to make customs declarations in advance to stop any delays.
A UK Government spokeswoman said: “The Government understands the significance of roll-on, roll-off interfaces for UK commerce, on paths like Dover-Calais, the Channel Tunnel and Holyhead-Dublin.
“We’ve proposed a model that will introduce successful customs controls as we depart the EU’s customs union while enabling these ports to continue moving. This will involve dealers making customs declarations ahead of time, something which has been allowed under UK and EU law.”
Following the nation leaves the EU’s customs union on December 31, downing Street is dedicated to implementing its plans in the UK.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove is said to be “operating round the clock” to prepare Britain for its transition from EU principles — such as no deal.
“The UK will introduce these measures whether or not a free trade agreement is concluded; however, the Government believes it is in both sides’ interest to implement any roll-on, roll-off needs in a consistent manner,” the spokeswoman added.
“We have already published legal text setting out how this would work from the Free-trade agreement. We need to move on to detailed discussions of the proposition if we are to achieve agreement in time.”
Hauliers urged the UK and EU to reach an arrangement.
“There needs to be a joint effort on both sides of the Channel to obtain a balanced approach.”
Last week both EU and UK officials lamented the absence of progress in the discussions.
Britain has set a deadline of October to be signed off.
Further talks between the Brexit envoy of the Prime Minister, David Frost, and Mr Barnier have been scheduled to occur in London this week, and in Brussels the following.