Post-Brexit customs systems not fit for purpose, say meat exportersBBC

  • UK meat exporters are struggling with the new customs system in place at the UK/EU border.
  • Exporters are spending hours filling out customs declarations and on arrival, health certificates and checks are adding further delay.
  • This is causing queues in Kent and European importers are starting to look at alternative countries to buy their meat from.
  • HMRC estimates that the new customs declarations will cost UK businesses £7 billion.

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Scottish Fishermen Sail to Denmark as Brexit Jams EU ExportsBloomberg

  • UK seafood prices have fallen significantly this week, with the price for some species dropping 80%.
  • As a result of the fall in prices and increased customs complexities, Scottish fishermen are sailing to Denmark to unload and sell their catch.
  • The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations have written to Boris Johnson, accusing him of sacrificing the industry and being dishonest about which rights fishermen had obtained in the trade deal between the UK and EU.
  • The UK government has meanwhile pledged £100 million to help rebuild the UK fishing fleet and infrastructure.

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‘Unprecedented exodus’: Why are migrant workers leaving the UK?Aljazeera

  • The Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (a UK think tank) has said that 1.3 million people born abroad left the UK between July 2019 and September 2020. According to the study, 700,000 of these are estimated to have left London.
  • A significant burden of job losses during the pandemic has fallen on non-UK workers. This has resulted in mass return migration, rather than unemployment.
  • Brexit has been another significant influence for some who have decided to leave.
  • The study suggests that the return migration may be temporary, but if it is not, the migration could have profound implications for London.
  • Such population trends driven by economic changes have happened before in London – in the 1970s, the population of inner London shrank by 20%.