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U.K. Businesses Seek Grace Period to Adjust to Post-Brexit Rules

  • Confederation of British Industry asks for grace period
  • Growing calls among British firms for extra time to adapt
U.K Trials 'Moveable Barrier' In Operation Brock Brexit Exercise
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s biggest business lobby group called on the European Union to delay introducing new customs checks after Brexit because firms haven’t had enough time to prepare amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Confederation of British Industry, which represents 190,000 businesses, is also asking for companies to be given a grace period to comply with new paperwork that will be required at the end of the year whether or not the U.K. and EU reach a trade deal.