Customs: France

Treasury written question – answered on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Treasury, what estimate he has made of the proportion of UK lorries travelling across the English Channel that will be prepared for French customs checks in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

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

The Government has recently published our assessment of the flow of freight across the border in a Reasonable Worst Case Scenario as of 2 August. The assessment can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/831199/20190802_Latest_Yellowhammer_Planning_assumptions_CDL.pdf

Since that date, the Government has taken significant steps to improve levels of trader and haulier readiness to improve overall flow across the short Strait crossings. This includes a £100m public information campaign and additional funding for businesses and trade associations to support traders and hauliers to get ready.

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