With just thirty-one days left before 29 March and Brexit, the Jersey Chamber of Commerce has drawn on the extensive work it has been undertaking, working closely with the Government of Jersey and suppliers in Jersey over the past six months, to best advise both businesses and consumers as this date gets ever closer regarding preparations.
Working with the Government of Jersey Chamber has been discussing a possible Day One No Deal (D1ND) Brexit and examining the possible supply chain impacts that disruption at the UK Ports may cause Jersey.
Jersey Chamber President Eliot Lincoln commented: “We have been impressed by the level of Government planning taking place and the thinking that has gone into contingency and emergency planning that may come from a possible Day One No Deal.”
At the November 2018 Chamber Lunch, Kate Nutt the Group Director responsible for Brexit outlined this work, which was further update by External Relations Minister, Senator Ian Gorst who spoke at the Chamber lunch in January.
Moving onto being prepared, the Chamber President says: “Though there may well be a deal before 29 March, if we do end up with D1ND there may be implications for the island’s supply chain, which could cause a reduction in the range of retail products available including fresh produce. Therefore, we want to encourage consumers to think about what essential supplies they might need in the event of D1ND, possibly including sanitary products, baby food and store-cupboard favourite
I think the message for consumers is to think sensible planning as you would before a long bank holiday period. Working together with Government and our many Chamber Members within the shipping, freight and retail sectors, all agree that we should be thinking ahead and should all act responsibly by being well prepared.”