Brexit is a big deal again. The UK’s devolved governments have asked for an extension to the transition period envisaged by the Withdrawal Agreement. So have numerous others, including the Freight Transport Association, which knows a thing or two about trading across borders.
Why? They fear that UK-EU free trade agreements talks are making slow progress and they worry that any deal will need ratification by EU national and regional parliaments. They know it will take time for governments and companies to build systems to make it all work. It has been speculated that the UK will need to recruit up to 50,000 customs agents, all while Covid-19 remains the focus of attention.
Brexit has seen last-minute delays before. Extensions have been asked for at