The government is expected to implement much less stringent border controls on imports from the European Union than it initially planned, after the transition period from Britain’s exit from the European Union expires at the end of this year.
Financial Times Reports of the ministers abandoning their plans to impose full controls after pressure from companies.
A government source told the BBC that it would take a “pragmatic and flexible approach” because of the coronavirus.
The UK committed To enter import controls On European Union goods in January.
But the source said that the ministers had realized the impact of the virus on companies, so pragmatism and flexibility on imports made sense – “to help businesses adapt to the changes” that are now imminent.
The UK left the European Union at the end of January, but it is in a transition period until the end of this year.
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The government is expected to officially confirm soon that it will not request an extension of the transition period – despite the coronavirus crisis.
However, there will be almost a role, at least in the short term, in import checks.
In February, Cabinet Secretary Michael Goff said that import controls are “necessary” to keep the country’s borders “safe and secure” and collect appropriate taxes.
According to the Financial Times, a light temporary system is now being planned in UK ports like Dover, regardless of whether or not a deal is concluded with the European Union.
The proposal applies only to import rules, which will be established by the United Kingdom.
Brussels limits export controls to the European Union.
Britain’s exit from the European Union may be silent, but it has not disappeared.
Arranging all the tools and personnel to put full import controls in place by January was a big deal before the outbreak.
Doing this was not during a business, as companies stated that they had already been exposed to the virus, not practical.
So, about a short-term course – and a lighter touch.
Sources insist that he is not our old friend, because this is not a long-term plan, but it will help with the adjustments that companies will have to make soon.
If you think you’ve heard the last exit from the European Union, think again.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet the heads of the European Commission, the Council and Parliament remotely on Monday, as negotiations escalate to try to secure a trade deal with the European Union.
A Downing Street spokesman said the UK and European Union negotiating teams had also agreed to an “extensive schedule” for July, with the possibility of personal discussions if public health guidelines managed to enable them during the epidemic.
No. 10 said the pace of the talks would be increased, so negotiators will meet each of the five weeks between June 29 and July 27.
The new details came after the fourth round of negotiations failed to break through last week.
Speaking in Brussels, European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier accused the United Kingdom of “undoing” the agreed agreement. Political declarationThere were no “important areas of progress,” he said.
Barnier’s Downing Street counterpart, David Frost, said they would have to “intensify and speed up” the process if there was any chance of a deal.
The two sides also said that remote meetings have reached their maximum, and that face-to-face meetings will be necessary for progress.
The UK has until the end of June to request a “transitional period” – during which the country will remain in the single market and customs union – to extend it to next year. But the prime minister has repeatedly ruled this out.