News | Published February 11 2020

Gove warns firms about post-Brexit border checks, Leaders Council reports

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove has told firms to prepare for the end of frictionless trade with the EU at the end of 2020, the Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland reports.

Speaking at a Border Delivery Group conference, Gove said: "The UK will be outside the single market and outside the customs union, so we will have to be ready for the customs procedures and regulatory checks that will inevitably follow."

Government officials have said that businesses will be given sufficient notice to prepare for the new regulatory framework that will enter force on January 1, 2021.

Goods traded with the EU will then be subject to checks relating to customs, regulatory standards and food safety, and all trading firms will be required to submit customs declarations.

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February 11 2020

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