Clarity is needed for Irish hauliers in relation to custom and immigration checks across the UK and France regardless of whether a Brexit deal is reached.
Eugene Drennan is the President of the Irish Road Haulage Association, and he says there are still a lot of unknowns especially for local hauliers who may decide to travel via Belfast and Larne in Scotland.
He says the main issue is systems in the UK and France aren’t communicating with one another, and issues similar to the queues of trucks in Kent yesterday after the French started a trial of post-Brexit checks may be repeated if something isn’t decided.
Eugene says he is pushing to get an extra boat travelling to mainland Europe daily and may have an announcement on it in the coming week.
He says it’s vitally important for Irish produce to get to the market in mainland Europe on time in order to maintain Ireland’s appeal to other countries: