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Verhofstadt says Thatcher would've tied UK to EU single market in outrageous Brexit attack


The Belgian MEP, a supporter of a united states of Europe, said Britain’s former prime minister favoured close alignment with the bloc to reduce trade fiction. His outburst came after reports that UK firms are being drowned in new red tape brought about by the post-Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Writing on social media, Mr Verhofstadt said: “This is exactly the reason why Thatcher argued for a European single market without barriers.

“And yet it is her most ardent followers who campaigned for the hard Brexit that makes this red tape necessary!”

Businesses have complained that swathes of new paperwork and restrictions have seem their cross-Channel trade grind to a virtual halt.

Businesses on the European mainland have also made drastic changes to their operations amid frustration with the new systems.

German logistics group DB Schenker yesterday announced it would suspend cross-border delivery services because of Brexit.

In a note issued to customers, the said it would refuse shipments from the EU to the UK.

Bosses blamed the “enormous bureaucratic regulations” created by the post-Brexit trade and security pact.

A spokesman for the Berlin-based business aid there was no immediate clarity on when its UK-EU services would resume.

International delivery firm DPD announced a similar suspension last week, deciding to end shipments from the UK to EU.

It claimed up to 20 percent of parcels had been sent with the wrong information attached.

DPD blamed “challenges” with the Government’s New Computerised Transit System.

The company will review its decision on Friday.

Consumers in Europe have also been hit by new charges as a result of the post-Brexit changes to trade.

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“There is going to be additional charges – administrative charges or indeed, the big top here, is VAT, which customs will have to pay.

“We’ve seen various reports about customers facing difficulties or being charged for various things. I can say, very generally, that there will be addition friction now and there may be additional charges.”



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