Get­ting ready for Brexit

Canal Boat - - This Month -

AS NE­GO­TI­A­TIONS OVER the UK’s with­drawal from the Euro­pean Union be­gin Bri­tish Marine, the na­tional boat-build­ing and marine trade body, has iden­ti­fied three main ar­eas where it sees a likely im­pact on the in­dus­try, and will be work­ing to ‘en­sure the marine in­dus­try’s voice is joined up with the wider busi­ness com­mu­nity’ to achieve the best out­come.

BM aims to work with the Gov­ern­ment, the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish In­dus­try and other trade bod­ies on is­sues in­clud­ing: • The value of free move­ment of labour. BM be­lieves that the marine in­dus­try em­ploys sig­nif­i­cant EU na­tion­als in skilled, but non-grad­u­ate, roles – and is keen to en­sure that the in­dus­try’s ac­cess to this skilled labour is not neg­a­tively im­pacted by the Gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus on grad­u­ate labour. • VAT and Cus­toms pro­ce­dures. BM is work­ing with HM Rev­enue & Cus­toms, the Trea­sury and mem­bers of Bri­tish Marine Boat Re­tail­ers & Bro­kers to con­sider tax and cus­toms ar­range­ments for move­ment of boats through post-Brexit UK. • The Great Re­peal Bill. With some 19,000 pieces of EU reg­u­la­tion set to be moved into UK law, BM is look­ing for pos­si­ble ben­e­fits from amend­ing or drop­ping some of them.

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