Customs Unions

Treasury written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of customs brokers that would be required in the event that the UK leaves the EU (a) without a deal, (b) with a new customs partnership and (c) with a maximum facilitation agreement.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The government recognises the importance of customs brokers in supporting business through the importing and exporting process.

Future customs arrangements will depend on the outcome of the negotiations. In some scenarios, following the UK’s exit from the EU, we expect that there would need to be an increase in capacity in the customs broker sector to meet business needs.

We are considering capacity and capability requirements for future customs arrangements as part of our EU exit planning.

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