Copa and Cogeca welcomed the guidelines on the future EU relationship with the UK agreed by EU heads of state and governments. Copa and Cogeca believe that, depending on the guarantees obtained, the UK should remain in the Single Market and Customs Union. If this is not possible, the EU and UK should find a new customs arrangement that enables frictionless trade as much as possible, whilst preserving the integrity of the Single Market. The Brexit negotiations must provide tariff-free trade between the EU and UK.
Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said “We want the EU to seek the closest possible customs relationship with the UK and we want simplified customs procedures, making use of latest technologies in order to prevent burdensome and costly bureaucracy which would threaten cross-border trade. This must be made a priority in the negotiations”.
“Practical and creative solutions are still dearly needed too to avoid the introduction of a physical border and trade restrictions between Northern and Southern Ireland”, Pesonen added. This was also set out in a letter sent to Chief EU Negotiator Michel Barnier.