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The UK Chamber of Shipping has released a short video and blog urging UK and EU negotiators to set aside political differences and ensure there is “frictionless” trade between them. Warning of gridlock if there is a return to border controls, the chamber also points to the harm that increased bureaucracy would bring to the EU as well as the UK. Chief executive Guy Platten said: “The EU sells £240bn of goods to the UK each year, most of which travels through ports. So the negative impact of a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ on ports such as Dover will be felt just as severely if not more so by European ports.  I don’t think the EU has fully grasped this yet.”

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