Logistics UK met with foreign secretary James Cleverly this week to discuss difficulties on the free movement of trade that have arisen as a result of the Northern Ireland protocol.

Cleverly and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris, met NI political leaders as well as business groups to discuss the specific difficulties caused by the protocol.

Logistics UK said it emphasised the need for a negotiated outcome between the UK and the EU on the implementation of the protocol that reduced the administrative and cost burdens: “Logistics businesses are the backbone of the Northern Ireland economy,” said Nichola Mallon, head of trade and devolved policy at Logistics UK.

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“They keep goods moving, and smooth trade between Northern Ireland, GB and the EU is vital for our sector and for economic growth.

“We were encouraged by the Foreign Secretary’s positive approach and understanding of the issues our member businesses face.

“It is encouraging to see the Westminster government actively engaging with industry and we look forward to taking part in further scheduled meetings with the leader of the Labour party, Keir Starmer, and Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, later this week.”