Commenting on the publication of the EU Commission's proposed negotiation guidelines on a transition period, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker said:
“It is very welcome that both the UK and the EU have recognised the urgent need to agree a transition period. Giving businesses certainty about the next few years is vital if we are to retain the investment, skills and flexibility that the tech sector needs to grow.
“However, the proposed transition period is extremely short and allows very little time for businesses to adapt. The biggest concern is that there will be insufficient time for new customs systems and infrastructure to be put in place. If goods are delayed at the border businesses and consumers could be left with a real headache on January 1st 2021.
“The scale of the task ahead, in preparing the UK for the practical consequences of leaving the EU must not be underestimated. Organisations such as the Port of Dover have made it clear that this is going to be a huge challenge. Political choices being made in both the UK and EU do not yet seem to be taking into account the impact on businesses that will have to cope with the disruption of Brexit. “