Boris Johnson has been told to act as an industry chief laments the “harm done to our economy” as a result of Brexit.
After a letter from business leaders remained unanswered, BORIS JOHNSON has been urged to act on the economic challenges brought by Brexit.
The top executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce has written to Boris Johnson, pleading with him to preserve the region from the “damage being done to our economy” caused by Brexit.
Since then, James Ramsbotham has told the Guardian newspaper that his plea has gone unmet for weeks, citing fears about a scarcity of lorry drivers and border mayhem caused by customs delays.
Mr Ramsbotham told the Guardian, “This is not a case of teething issues.”
“Our ports face the EU, and our region exports the most to the EU of any region.
“It is critical that further barriers fall.”
It comes after the business leader penned a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to give the economy his “most urgent and personal attention.”
“Exports are critical to the national economy,” Mr Ramsbotham said.
“They are the source of our national income. Destroying the ability of businesses to generate income for our country will make us all the poorer.
“To do so at a time when we are still trying to recover from the pandemic and all of the debt that has resulted will burden our country for decades.
“We ask the Prime Minister to give this matter his full and undivided attention.”
“The underlying problem is that there is no strategic planning at all.
“From our point of view, there has been none at all.”
It comes a week after the head executive of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) warned that gaps in supply chains feeding Britain’s supermarkets had already begun to show.
According to Richard Burnett of Sky News, a perfect storm of coronavirus and Brexit has resulted to a 100,000-strong driver shortage.
“We’re talking about a 100,000-driver shortage,” Mr Burnett told Sky News.
“Before the outbreak, we had a 60,000-person shortfall.
“This has been the perfect storm, Covid; Brexit combined with the loss of EU drivers has resulted in us losing EU drivers back to the EU.”
“As a result, the problem has become worse, and the situation in this industry has reached crisis proportions,” he added.