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Border Planning: End of Transition Period

Volume 678: debated on Thursday 16 July 2020

What progress the Government have made on border planning for the end of the transition period. (904846)

On Monday, I made an oral statement to this House announcing the publication of the Government’s detailed border operating model, following extensive consultation. This will allow for the border industry and traders to help prepare for the end of the transition period. We have also made available £705 million for upgraded border systems and infrastructure, and we have launched a new communications campaign.

I thank the Minister for his response. What support will the Government provide to business ahead of those new processes taking effect in order to help with the transition?

My hon. Friend is quite right to speak up for his constituents and for the businesses that need support. That is why we have devoted £84 million to making sure that customs intermediaries can be there for businesses, small and medium-sized as well as large, to ensure the free flow of goods, so that his constituents can be certain that their efforts are rewarded in the market.