Brexit: EU negotiations are 'stretching wire to its limits' says Bridgen
A no-deal Brexit is looking more likely than ever as negotiators hit yet another wall with a matter of weeks to go until the UK exits the transition period. The two sides remain deadlocked over three key areas: fisheries, the level playing field, and governance. But what could change, come deal or no deal, after the end of the transition period?
Immigration rules will change immediately in the case of no-deal – and if there is one.
Priti Patel’s points-based immigration system will apply for all new arrivals to the UK.
Points will be awarded for key requirements like being able to speak English to a certain level, having a job offer from an approved employer, and meeting a minimum salary threshold.
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There have been numerous warnings of the situation a no-deal Brexit could bring to the Garden of England – Kent.
Lorry drivers will be required to have a special access permit, called by some a “Brexit passport” to get into the county from the EU to transport goods.
Some 145,000 businesses will be completing customs formalities for the first time – with many sceptical about how such a huge operation will be able to work.
Some 40 percent of Britain’s agriculture and food products come from the EU.
There is expected to be a higher tariffs on beef, cheese, or other food stuffs.
Prices are expected to rise because of the extra red tape importers face, as mandatory customs declarations and health controls will come into place on both sides.
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This has led to concern over higher prices on many everyday foods stocked in British cupboards – including tomatoes, oranges and fruit and vegetables out of season.
There are similar fears for the trade of fresh shellfish and day-old chickens from Scotland – otherwise known as the “fish and chicks” sector.
Scottish producers are fearful their stock will be held up, and therefore perish, in potential queues in Dover or in Boulogne – the current designated port for health checks on fish imports.
The trade of vehicles will also be affected in the case of a no-deal Brexit, and the car industry has been one of the most vocal opponents of a hard Brexit.
Tariffs may be waived on much of their components, however, the tariff barriers which disappeared when the single market was established in 1993 will come back into force.
This will lead to friction in the supply chain and could destabilise manufacturers here – with major car makers questioning the future of their operations in the UK.
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