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Oh for a cunning plan

August 5, 2021 8:35 PM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

hlla (Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash)Fans of the classic BBC comedy hit Black Adder will recall that when the lead character got himself into a scrape his side-kick Baldrick was always on hand with a "cunning plan"" to save the day

A recent article in the Independent newspaper (Brexit red tape hits UK manufacturing of goods from cars to fridges | The Independent ) got us thinking that it is a shame Baldrick wasn't a Brexiteer!!

Despite years to put in place the necessary planning it would appear the government has failed to devise a suitable replacement for the EU's safety standards system even though we insisted that we wanted our own regime rather than staying aligned with the EU

What this means is that components needed for use in the UK will not have a suitable "kitemark" to guarantee a product is safe which could force manufacturers and their suppliers to down tools or divert their trade elsewhere. Without confirmation that these safety and environmental standards are met, products and parts cannot be sold on the UK market. These kitemarks must be policed by a government-approved testing body, and from January 1 2022 most products must be separately approved for a UK regime. Unfortunately there isn't enough capacity, for testing certain goods ahead of the January 1 2022 deadline.

The delay also impacts imports from the EU because companies will have to get their products tested both for the EU and for the UK markets, duplicating red tape and costs. The UK's market is far smaller than the EU's, which will make that additional cost unappealing for many European suppliers.

So far in the name of British Sovereignty the government has resisted any delay to the new regime but as pressure builds from business expect some sort of fudge in the near future. The problem with doing everything for yourself is you need competent authorities to manage such activities. Once again competence and this conservative government seems to be like ships passing in the night - barely visible to each other!!