“It is encouraging to see that the Brexit Secretary has stated that reaching a deal remains an ‘overriding priority’ and a ‘no-deal’ scenario is not what the government wants or expects”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK.
Today, the government has published 25 technical notices setting out what it is doing to prepare for no-deal Brexit and to guide businesses and individuals. In total, 84 notices are expected to be released over the upcoming weeks. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said a deal is the most likely outcome, but the UK ‘must be ready to consider the alternative’.
Robinson continued, “Positively, the government has started to prepare for every possible scenario and is now providing advice to businesses suggesting them to ‘review their contingency plans’, which we invite our members to do.
“We are pleased to see that the government is keen to pick up the pace of negotiations with the EU as this will give businesses and consumers more clarity and confidence to plan ahead.
“NFDA will continue to engage with the government to ensure that the negotiations will have the best possible outcome for UK car retailers. In particular, we await the publication of the ‘Trade Agreement Continuity’ notice which is likely to include important details about future trade between the UK and EU.”
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About the RMI
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.