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BPA: No-Deal Concerns Surface amid UK’s Resilience Planning

first_imgDespite ongoing resilience planning in the UK, concerns have arisen about the level of preparedness of the wider logistics sector and the possible impact of a ‘no-deal’ on the economy.British Ports Association raised concerns following the publication of the Government’s Brexit economic impact assessments. This week also saw the UK Prime Minister introduce measures in Parliament allowing for a possible short extension of the Brexit Article 50 deadline.Commenting on the developments in Westminster and following a meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Ports and Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani to discuss ports’ Brexit preparedness,“These are unprecedented times and the level of Government emergency planning in our sector is cranking up. We would hope that all parts of Government are working together and sharing information when it comes to resilience planning,” the British Ports Association’ Chief Executive, Richard Ballantyne said.He added that Local Resilience Forums are key organisations in bringing together commercial operators and public agencies to ensure that all are working together and with the same understanding.In attempts to avoid post-Brexit disruption, Government officials have made a laudable effort to put in place pragmatic processes that will help mitigate disruption in a ‘no-deal’ scenario but the wider impact assessments released by the Government include some stark warnings about the economy.“If the economy slows down, people and businesses buy, build, manufacture and invest less which typically leads to a slow down in trade. There are also concerns that the wider logistics industry and traders might not be ready and we welcome moves to allow them to prepare,” according to Ballantyne.The Government’s Brexit impact assessment estimates that the UK economy would be between 6.3% to 9% smaller, with significant variation across the UK, in the long term in a no-deal scenario.Regarding a Drewry study published on the matter, Ballantyne said that the study shows there is certainly resilience in UK-EU short sea market “but it highlights that while many of the Government’s mitigation measures should help Roll-on Roll-off ferry traffic flow, some of these customs arrangements and systems are untested.”“It also demonstrates that potential traffic peaks could need to be managed underlining the importance of the regional resilience planning exercises.”last_img read more


Paul Scholes can sell our merchandise! Van from Catfish & The Bottlemen takes the talkSPORT Q&A

first_img1 Each week a star from the world of music takes out special talkSPORT Q&A. In the hot-seat this week, Van from Catfish & The Bottlemen…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?Weekend Sports Breakfast with Georgie Bingham and Mickey Quinn. They’ve  interviewed me and they’re ma homies. talkSPORT give you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?Vansmitter FM – I’d just play loads of Danny Welbeck chants.Who are the greatest football team in the land?Runcorn FCWho is the most rock n roll player playing the beautiful game right now?Pirlo! Pirlo loves a night out, doesn’t he? It used to be Paul Scholes, but now its Pirlo.If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?Us! Think of the T-shirts we’d sell! Haha.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?ShearerWhat track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?The Coronation Street theme tune. That’s what would fire me right up!What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?Adele – Someone Like YouYou build your own rock ‘n’ five-a-side team. Who’s in it?I’d have me and our guitar tech, Larry. He’s insane up top and I’m Joe Cole on the left. I’d have Jake Bugg in the centre. We were in Ibiza with him and he’s meant to be pretty handy. I’d have Steve ‘The Cat’ Lamacq from BBC6 music as he’s apparently a God between the sticks! Check his wiki, he’s actually nicknamed ‘The Cat’ ‘cause of his skills man! Then I’d have Pirlo, because he seems the kind of man to bring you cheap fags over through customs!You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?Paul Scholes. I’d have him selling merchandise and we’d pay him by giving him tickets on the sly and leave him touting outside – haha!What’s going on with the band at the moment?We’re shooting a video for a new song next week and it’s gonna be a full on backstreet brawl footy match! Can’t wait for that! The album’s out this week and our UK tour has sold out. I’m absolutely buzzing!The band’s debut album is out now. Check out Shoot Matchday for more info,last_img read more


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