Ursula von der Leyen – Brexit checks will carry commerce to standstill and threaten economic system, Irish truckers say
Lorry drivers have hand-delivered letters to the European Fee and the Division of the Taoiseach complaining that Brexit border controls will carry commerce to “a complete standstill” if not addressed.
A convoy of about 30 lorries drove to the Terminal 11 border checking facility at Dublin Port earlier than a haulage business group hand-delivered letters of criticism to the EU Fee’s workplaces and the Division of the Taoiseach in Dublin.
The letters had been addressed to Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and to European Fee president Ursula von der Leyen.
The Irish Highway Haulage Affiliation mentioned within the letters that “excessive and unrelenting regulatory zeal” managing Brexit checks at Irish ports will cut back commerce, commerce and employment and pose “a direct and serious threat to the viability of our economy.”
The hauliers have requested the EU Fee president to intervene “to address serious and concerning obstructions” to commerce from Eire from the imposition of border and customs controls related to Brexit.
The business physique has urged that the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier be despatched to Dublin to help the Irish authorities co-ordinate the response to Brexit.
The group has additionally requested that the Authorities appoint an exterior reviewer from outdoors the general public service to supervise how the Income Commissioners, the Division of Agriculture, the Garda Siochána, the HSE and the port authorities are managing the response to Brexit.
Eugene Drennan, the president of the IRHA, instructed Ms von der Leyen that hauliers and their prospects have skilled “serious and unnecessary obstructions to the free movement of goods in Irish ports” not because of the brand new guidelines however how they’re utilized by the Irish authorities.
The group has requested EU to dispatch a “senior special representative of the EU Commission” to help the Irish authorities coordinate their response to Brexit and “to take measures needed to address their current shortcomings”, suggesting Mr Barnier perform this activity.
“I am sure that Mr Barnier could exercise a very productive assessment of Irish processes and procedures arising from Brexit and make relevant recommendations to address current challenges,” mentioned Mr Drennan.
“Unless these shortcomings are addressed there will be serious disruptions to trade to and from Ireland.”
The fee was instructed by the group that it was “deeply frustrating” that regardless of the lengthy lead-in to Brexit that the programs operated by the Irish authorities to handle post-Brexit commerce are “not fit for purposes and are actually frustrating rather than facilitating trade.”
Within the affiliation’s letter to the Authorities, the group mentioned that the strategy being adopted by State businesses at Irish ports was creating “an unmitigated mess in the post-Brexit environment and fundamentally undermining Irish trade and commerce.”
Hauliers had been experiencing “appalling examples of lack of coordination” by the Income , the Division of Agriculture and the HSE on checks on items arriving in Dublin.
“Instead of adopting an approach aimed at facilitating trade, the Irish authorities seem intent on operating disjointed, duplicating, uncoordinated and excessive checks on goods arriving into Ireland,” Mr Drennan instructed the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister Donohoe within the letter.
He instructed Authorities that hauliers had been significantly involved in regards to the absence of any oversight or governance management over State businesses working “within their own silos.”
Whereas some companies weren’t ready for Brexit, the core downside is that State businesses are “operating systems, protocols and procedures that were not properly trialled before implementation,” the haulage group mentioned, noting that the Income’s IT system has “collapsed twice under pressure.”