Simplified customs procedures planned for No Deal Brexit

HMRC have announced Transitional Simplified Procedures for customs if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, a move welcomed by the British Chamber of Commerce and Brexiteer MPs.

The measures will mean that lorries and goods will be able to arrive from the EU into the UK without full custom declarations at the border whilst also allowing the postponement of paying import duties. This would last for an initial period of one year to allow businesses to prepare for usual import processes.

The British Chamber of Commerce responded by saying: “In the case of No Deal, it is reassuring that HMRC are introducing these Transitional Simplified Procedures, which will make importing easier by simplifying the declarations at the border and postponing the payment of import duties that would otherwise be due.”

The MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke, welcomed the news: “A common sense move. We have long argued that checks can be done away from the border – so traffic can keep flowing smoothly, deal or No Deal.”

Fellow Tory Brexiteer Andrew Rosindell said: “There are many Remoaners who will hate to hear this news. Global Britain is open and ready for business!”

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A No Deal Brexit will require the British government to mitigate short-term disruption. Measures like this are welcome and we need to see more of them.