Theresa May statement

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8.

Trade associations have expressed concern that the general election in June could prevent government tackling pressing industry issues.

Prime minister Theresa May called for a general election to be held on 8 June earlier this week, and RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said the association was concerned about its implications for the road transport sector.

He said: “We’re worried the campaigning could lead to hold-ups across a range of haulage industry issues, especially at a time when the new Trailblazer apprenticeships are coming in for truck drivers and others.

“We are concerned over the imposition of new red tape on the industry in relation to overnight allowances [see page 6] and poor truck parking facilities.”

But Burnett added the election could make Brexit negotiations and transitions smoother.

This was echoed by FTA head of policy Christopher Snelling, who told CM the election was “important and a good opportunity to talk about the issues for transport and logistics in Brexit to try and set the tone for the next couple of years”.

However Snelling added the FTA hoped the election would not just be about Brexit.

He said: “It’s got to be about delivering a more efficient and prosperous Britain. The next government will need to deliver an efficient transport network if it wants to create that.”

However, Andrew Baxter, MD of Europa Worldwide welcomed the move.

“If she gains a comfortable majority on 8 June I’m sure she will continue to reassure the public with a steady approach to leaving the EU as the months unfold.

"Stable government is critical during periods of momentous change and I believe a general election is the right and necessary decision from the PM to cement the progress she’s made since her appointment,” Baxter said.

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