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GOVERNMENT HITS BACK AT CLAIMS BREXIT IS DAMAGING EXPORTS TO THE EU

The government has defended itself against claims Brexit is having an adverse effect on British product exports to the EU.

It comes after a survey international freight drivers found the volume of exports travelling from British ports to the EU fell 68% last month.

“We don’t recognise these figures at all,” said a Cabinet Office spokesperson to The Observer, adding: “We know there are some specific issues and we are working with businesses to resolve them.”

A government spokesperson said: “Thanks to the hard work put in by hauliers and traders to get ready for the end of the Brexit transition period, there are no queues at the Short Straits, disruption at the border has so far been minimal and freight movements are now close to normal levels, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As a responsible government, we made extensive preparations for a wide range of scenarios at the border, including the reasonable worst case. However, it appears increasingly unlikely that our reasonable worst case scenario will occur.”

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