Giant images of Campbell’s soup cans wrapped around the columns of the National Gallery of Scotland. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Government plans to reduce disruptions to the food supply chain caused by the pandemic and new post-Brexit customs checks have been met with extreme scepticism by key industry bodies. In a stinging assessment, the Road Haulage Association termed the government’s plans “a fantasy solution that will make things worse, not better. It is not rational.”
The “Expedited Return Scheme” would give certain vehicles leaving the UK for the EU, like empty food trucks, the right to jump the queue to exit the UK via the Dover Straits. The scheme is an attempt to deal with the growing bottleneck at the customs point in Ashford, Kent where the situation, according to Paul Mummery, spokesman for the Road Haulage Association, is “pretty disastrous”.