Treasury written question – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Damian Green Damian Green Conservative, Ashford

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans HMRC has to establish additional customs inspection facilities in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The Government is focused on ensuring a smooth and orderly withdrawal from the EU with a deal as soon as possible. In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, HMRC’s plans allow for the border to operate without significant new infrastructure on Day One.

The Government has been working to minimise any disruption in the event of no deal for over two years. HMRC has engaged with ports and operators on how to meet the demands for increased border checks and processes following the UK’s exit from the EU. The Government will work with partners to ensure additional infrastructure is provided where needed to accommodate demand.

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