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As part of our continuing engagement with the business department (BEIS) both directly and through EAMA, we have been asked to help in gathering evidence of our sector is managing with regard to moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and supporting customers. 

New Brexit opportunities and government efficiency minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has sown doubt over the future of independent testing for UKCA mark.

The Times reports, from an extended interview: “Rees-Mogg revealed that the government did not intend to require firms to submit products for new British safety tests if they have been recognised by the European Union CE mark.” 

The government has published a guide to the benefits of Brexit and Jack Semple (Secretary of EAMA, of which MTA is a member) has written a summary.

EAMA, of which MTA is a member, has submitted evidence to International Trade Committee for its inquiry into the EU trading relationship. 

Industry trade associations have been pressing the government over concerns about legal requirements for UKCA marking for spare parts, including concerns over availability after the deadline for introduction, January 1 2023. This has gone on over an extended period.

The business department (BEIS) has now asked us to send members a survey on the issue. It would be best completed by someone who knows your company’s position regarding meeting UKCA requirements.

U-turn on goods coming from island of Ireland

The CEN and CENELEC General Assemblies, meeting today in Palermo, Italy, have overwhelmingly confirmed the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) continued membership of the two associations from 1 January 2022.

This decision follows careful consideration by the CEN and CENELEC members, taking into account the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU and is consistent with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) agreed between the UK and the EU.

The Business Department (BEIS) has announced a new series of webinars for companies about using the new UK conformity assessment marking (UKCA) and placing goods on the market in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Much has already been written about the Budget presented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Wednesday, so we will focus our attention on those elements of the announcements which are of most direct interest to MTA members and conclude with a technical note about the GDP forecasts which under-pin the Budget.

Please find a precis below from MTA Associate Member, Ammu’s Budget 2021 commentary which has been published on the Ammu website