Peter Foster

Peter Foster



Public Policy Editor at the Financial Times. Formerly Washington DC, Beijing and New Delhi for the Telegraph. Opinions my own.

London, England
Joined on March 10, 2009

We looked inside some of the tweets by @pmdfoster and here's what we found interesting.

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I could go on, but I’m off to bed instead! Another mad day. ENDS

Similarly The lack of customs brokers remains a huge problem; the industry is rife with stories of experienced brokers being poached and the available grants being used to augment “trainee” salaries of 30k to 40K/8

Industry discovered this week that if they use a brokers authorisation for simplified procedures then the broker will be liable – which experts warn will simply mean many brokers will not take on the business./7

And all that shouldn’t deflect (but has) from near uniform fury of industry today at implication by @michaelgove that they just need to try harder. Real anger about basic lack of clarity on duty deferrals applications and simplified customs procedure./6

That way when there are only 2000 trucks queueing outside Dover it can all be declared a mighty success. of course all of this is a classic distraction from what we should really be worrying about, which is how the GB – NI border is going to be operational on Jan 1. /5

So I’m looking forward to Kent Police flagging down offenders, card machine in hand, to collect the fines.🙄 Suspicion in the industry is that the system will be used simply to regulate traffic – and keep the queues up north, not in Kent. /4

So one Q is: Do you have an MRN [Movement reference number] from an import declaration or TAD? [Transit Accompanying Document] Answer yes/no. Then “continue” Apparently it’s not actually linked to anything. Just a declaration. /3

The SmartFreight isn’t that “smart” - the only data you input, I’m told, is your vehicle reg number. Otherwise it’s yes/no answers. /2

The SmartFreight isn’t that “smart” - the only data you input, I’m told, is your vehicle reg number. Otherwise it’s yes/no answers. /2

Fandango over need for “permit” to drive to Kent after brexit via @FT but as one insider tells me, it’s an empty vessel of a system.../1

A third time @michaelgove is asked (by @justinmadders) how many customs agents have been trained...and a third time he can't provide a number. Repeats that £80m in grants is not drawn down (See threads passim on why industry can't magic 50k up overnight)

So @StephenFarryMP asks @michaelgove when he'll publish Border Operating Model for GB-NI trade - having promised it in July - but doesn't provide a date.

Again @michaelgove is asked how many customs agents have been trained ahead of January 1 2021...and for a second time declines to answer. Just says the £80m put aside for grants etc hasn't been spent yet. FWIW my enquires suggest low thousands v industry estimate of 50k needed.

@pmdfoster It's worth listening to his evidence, which is completely incoherent. At 11:03:16 he explains that the wording of Article 10 NI Prot is clear & the Court will find it means what it says but that it really can't mean that so we have to litigate it. Really, it is that bad!

@PeteWishart @michaelgove .@hilarybennmp now on his feet...knows his stuff as chair of EU exit Cmme...asks if GVMS & SmartFrieght are ready, when did that happen? Gove flustered momentarily; repeats they're being shared with, er, not operational.

.@PeteWishart goes tonto at @michaelgove against "rogue state Britain" etc...and chickens coming home to roost...Mr Gove laughs, and "doesn't know where to start"...but then says UK will be prioritising day-old chicks and shellfish..then asks what currency indy Scotland will use?

Now @RachelReevesMP replies - and paints a rather different picture to the ebullient Mr Gove. Says the @RHARichardB and others are "tearing their hair out" at lack of government information and assistance. Urges govt to get a trade deal./

Quoted @MichaelAodhan

Absolutely ridiculous statement. The obligations are clear in the WA & NIP. Biz can not build plans based on something that could be challenged in court. We need a comprehensive FTA & good decisions from the joint committee not this laissez-faire attitude to NI biz & jobs!

Business abhors a legal vacuum...

@michaelgove Still "plenty of time to prepare" he adds. And Border Force recruiting 1,000 extra staff, with 100s more on the way. And a new SmartFreight web portal, and an Check Change GO info can see it here. Very inspiring.

A bushy-tailed @michaelgove now giving statement to Parliament on the #brexit border, "we need businesses to prepare" to make the most of the "opportunities" of leaving the EU single market.

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