Brexit: the benefit of clarity

8 July 2018
Brexit : « Négocier entre adultes »

“It is good that Prime Minister Theresa May was able to rally her entire government behind a comprehensive proposal for future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom,” says Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois. “The British position is moving in the direction of the trade-friendly Brexit that the Flemish Government has in mind. For example, the May government proposes far-reaching customs cooperation with full regulatory alignment with European Union law as regards freight transport.”

The United Kingdom is Flanders’ fourth largest trading partner. That is why it is important that the British proposal be long-lasting, unambiguous in its interpretation and both practical and viable for our companies and ports. “Cumbersome procedures and heavy trade barriers are the last thing we want, not just for our Flemish ports, but for the entire Flemish economic fabric, which makes its living from exports,” Geert Bourgeois adds. “That is why it is important that the negotiations continue constructively and at an accelerated pace. It is imperative that we avoid getting into a ‘no deal’ situation. What this means is that a tough Brexit is not really an option for Flanders.”

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