- 13 July 2016
- Transport / Logistics Services
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive has asked for a meeting with the new Prime Minister Theresa May. Richard Burnett has made the request soon after she took office to discuss the haulage industry’s perspective on Brexit – something that is very important to the industry with their job of exporting and importing goods to an from the UK.
The RHA released a statement on the 12th July where Burnett said, “We congratulate Mrs May on her appointment as Prime Minister and are pressing for a meeting with her as soon as possible. The logistics industry employs over 2.2 million people and is a vital component of UK plc. It is therefore essential that as Prime Minister she understands that the needs and interests of our industry must be taken into account during the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.
“We enjoyed a constructive relationship with Mrs May’s team when she was Home Secretary which resulted in added security for our cross channel drivers who were suffering violence and intimidation as a result of the migrant crisis. She was also tremendously supportive of the RHA’s role in supporting the ex-veterans charity, Care After Combat.
“We are looking forward to a continued positive working relationship with her and her new Number 10 team in the coming weeks and months.”
The haulage industry will be on the frontline of any changes taking place to the UK’s relationship with the EU, and often gets the brunt of the problems in the form of illegal immigrants, as well as potentially facing slower times at borders when Brexit is formalised.