‘Nonsense!’ MP claims British exporters told to hire EU workers to clear customs

Brexit: Lia Nici slams EU export process at borders

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The Conservative MP launched a brutal attack on the European Union’s management of custom checks at the borders following Brexit. British business exporting to the European market have reported delays and hold-ups caused by red tape and excessive paperwork. Ms Nici has voiced the anger felt by her own constituents who have experienced bureaucratic “nonsense” at the hands of EU customs officials.

The MP for Greater Grimsby told Express.co.uk some of the “horror stories” reported by businesses she represents.

She said: “Depending on what port you go to depends on how you are going to be dealt with.

“It even depends on the different export office you might be speaking to.

“Whether they like your paperwork how it has been filled out, the colour of the pen that has been used.

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Ms Nici continued: “Even more concerningly is that my processors are being told that if they want to export without any delays,

“Then they need to employ EU nationals to do particular jobs.

“So I had one processor who said that when he got his lorry across to French border control he was told his lorry driver had to pay a person to take the paperwork from the lorry and walk it over to the export officer.

“That is the kind of level of nonsense that we have got going on.”

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The politician also slammed the EU for not operating in “good faith” in terms of implementing new trade rules.

Ms Nici told Express.co.uk: “We have a free-trade deal, this should be being done in good faith and it is not,

“It is being done to make it incredibly difficult and cause delays,

“As you readers will know this is fresh fish we are talking about you can’t have delays, there are some awkward situations being put in place to make sure that the lorry drivers are being delayed so that by the paperwork has been collected they are over their hours.

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“Sadly it seems to be being done on purpose,” she added.

It comes as EU bosses were accused of “making things up” in the ongoing Brexit trade row as Environment Secretary George Eustice declares Brussels “are wrong” over their controversial shellfish ban.

George Eustice has acknowledged some “teething problems” had caused some disruption for businesses trading with the European Union but the Minister also strongly defended the benefits of leaving the EU for farmers, fishermen and others in the food export sector.

When challenged over the EU ban on shellfish by Channel 4’s Cathy Newman the Environment Secterary fumed at the EU commission, accusing them of making stuff up after the bloc announced a post-Brexit block on live oysters, clams, scallops and mussels.

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