From Naomi Smith, CEO - Best for Britain <[email protected]>
Subject Brexit causing £10 price hike on school shoes
Date April 8, 2022 7:01 AM
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Dear John

If you thought the cost of living crisis wasn’t about Brexit, think again.

The government's Brexit deal means new customs checks and regulations have come into force causing trade friction at our borders. Businesses now need to fill out customs forms and follow processes that simply didn't exist when we were an EU member.

The latest UK Trade and Business Commission evidence session explored how import checks and controls introduced as a result of the UK’s departure from the EU are adding to costs for consumers and businesses. 

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Last week’s UK Trade and Business Commission evidence session, convened by Hilary Benn MP and Peter Norris of the Virgin Group, found that businesses across the UK are struggling with the uncertainty and added administrative burdens of post Brexit checks and controls. 

All this means higher prices in shops, less choice for consumers and a whole lot of hassle for businesses who are struggling to turn a profit, trade with the EU and source the materials they need. One witness said children’s school shoes will see a £10 price rise because of Brexit red tape

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You can watch the full commission session here <[link removed]>.

Despite the UK Government touting the trade agreements it is forging around the world in the wake of Brexit, importers noted the negligible benefit these agreements offer in comparison with the significant disruption caused by leaving the EU. 

To find out more about the session and subsequent recommendations, do take a look at our blog from External Affairs Officer Jake Verity.

The key aim of the Commission is to make practical recommendations to the UK Government. The current Brexit deal is not working, and people and businesses are struggling up and down the country. 

Naomi Smith

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