Ed Miliband – 2020 Comments on Delays at Ports

The comments made by Ed Miliband, the Shadow Business Secretary, on 9 December 2020.

Businesses have been sounding the alarm for weeks about the problems at ports. While there are pressures caused by Covid-19 all over the world, no other country is facing the kind of uncertainty we are around the end of the transition period.

With businesses still not knowing whether there is going to be a deal, and the exact nature of any deal, it is throwing massive uncertainty into their decision making. The government must take responsibility for having left the country in this position, not keep putting the burden of blame on businesses.

Car production halting, Christmas presents possibly going undelivered, and food supplies being thrown out are terrible for businesses across our country. And there is a real worry that unless the Government listens and urgently acts, the disruption today will just be the tip of the iceberg.