Boris Johnson accuses UK exporters of lacking ‘energy and ambition’

Boris Johnson accuses UK exporters of lacking ‘energy and ambition’ as ministers prepare to postpone new post-Brexit goods import checks for the FOURTH time amid warnings of a ‘food disaster’ supply chain”

  • Prime Minister says there are ‘no natural barriers’ for companies wanting to sell overseas
  • Came after being asked if the UK became a ‘closed economy’ after Brexit
  • Labour’s Nick Thomas-Symonds: ‘Remarks treat UK exporters with contempt’

Boris Johnson hit out at UK exporters today, saying the only thing holding them back after Brexit was a lack of ambition.

The Prime Minister told senior MPs there were ‘no natural barriers’ to businesses wanting to sell goods and services overseas, after more than a year of post-Brexit complaints from businesses.

His remarks to the Liaison Committee this afternoon came as Downing Street said it was reviewing plans to introduce controls on imports this summer, fearing it could seriously affect supply chains.

Ministers are considering whether to postpone checks on goods entering Britain from the EU for the fourth time, according to the FT.

The Chairman of the Treasury Committee asked Mr Johnson whether the UK was becoming a ‘more closed economy’ due to Brexit and the failure to quickly conclude a large number of major international trade agreements.

He replied that the UK was a ‘global trading nation’, adding: ‘I want to see a lot more exports’.

He then quoted former international trade secretary Liam Fox, who said UK companies “could sell a lot more overseas”.

“There is no natural obstacle to our exports, it’s just will, energy and ambition”, continued the Prime Minister.

Shadow International Trade Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said: ‘The Prime Minister’s remarks treat UK exporters with contempt.’

The Prime Minister has told senior MPs there are ‘no natural barriers’ to businesses wanting to sell goods and services overseas, after more than a year of post-Brexit complaints from businesses

The Chairman of the Treasury Committee asked Mr Johnson if the UK was becoming a

The Chairman of the Treasury Committee asked Mr Johnson whether the UK was becoming a ‘more closed economy’ due to Brexit and the failure to quickly conclude a large number of major international trade agreements.

British companies trying to export their goods to the EU have faced a series of headaches since Britain left the trading bloc.

British companies trying to export their goods to the EU have faced a series of headaches since Britain left the trading bloc.

“Instead of insulting UK businesses, the UK government should stand with them, offering them the help and support they need to thrive.”

British companies trying to export their goods to the EU have faced a series of headaches since Britain left the trading bloc.

Companies have bemoaned torrents of extra paperwork, increased costs and repeated refused deliveries as they tried to reach European customers.

Food and beverage exporters in particular have struggled with new requirements for costly animal health and phytosanitary certificates.

Marks & Spencer has blamed Brexit-related supply chain issues for closing 11 stores in France last year.

And on imports, more than £230billion of produce – including more than a quarter of Britain’s food supply – is imported from the EU every year.

Since Brexit, the UK has waived safety and security checks on all goods and physical checks on food and plant arrivals.

According to the Financial Times, Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested that checks due to arrive on July 1 should be postponed, given the war in Ukraine and the growing cost of living crisis.

The idea was welcomed by former Brexit minister Lord Frost, who suggested checks should be scrapped entirely.

The idea was welcomed by former Brexit minister Lord Frost, who suggested checks should be scrapped entirely.

‘The remaining import controls are to be introduced from July this year as previously announced so what we are doing is keeping this under close review,’ the spokesman said today. Prime Minister to journalists.

The idea was welcomed by former Brexit minister Lord Frost, who suggested checks should be scrapped entirely.

He tweeted: “I predicted it would be necessary and I fully support Jacob Rees-Mogg in pushing it.”

‘But…we should put an end to the fiction of a delay. Stop pretending we have to do what the EU is doing and put in place the limited controls we need.

“Just as we don’t have to impose the same tariffs ourselves that our exporters face, we don’t have to impose the same red tape.

“It makes no sense to impose burdens on our own economy just because others are imposing them on theirs.”

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