What the papers say today!


The main stories in the papers today with relevant articles to our industry.

The biggest policy story is the report of the National Audit Office into the work of DfT (see full report here) and the fact that failure to do a deal on mutual recognition of passports could lead to millions of Britons having to apply for international driving permits to drive in EU.

DfT have prioritised commercial driving issues.

Brexit: Millions of Britons could need permit to drive in Europe (The Times) As many as seven million British motorists a year may have to pay for a permit to drive in the European Union after a no-deal Brexit, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that there was still “considerable work” to do to prepare contingency measures for Britain’s exit from the EU. In a report published today officials said that the Department for Transport (DfT) faced challenges ensuring that key issues such as the future of driving licences and managing traffic flows at Dover were addressed.

Brexit deal is unravelling, Airbus chief warns May (The Times) – The head of Europe’s biggest aerospace company has warned that Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is “unravelling again” as the industry prepares for Britain to leave the EU without a deal. Airbus is continuing to stockpile key parts in a bid to “mitigate the effects” of a disorderly Brexit next March, despite the prime minister’s attempts to reassure business.

One-third of UK supermarket plastic is not easily recyclable, analysis shows (The Guardian) Almost a third of plastic packaging used by UK supermarkets is either non-recyclable through standard collection schemes or difficult to recycle, according to a new analysis by a consumer group.

Loosen your belts: food to get cheaper for the next decade, says OECD (The Telegraph) Meat prices will fall to historic lows over the next decade and other foods should also become cheaper as population growth slows and farms become more efficient. Costs have spiked in recent years as surging demand from a larger and increasingly wealthy global population have put pressure on supplies. But those demographic strains should ease in the next 10 years at the same time as production is ramped up as the agriculture industry becomes more productive, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) believes. Global meat prices are set to fall by 18pc in real terms by 2027, taking costs below levels seen at any point since the OECD’s records began in 1990.