Channel crossings are at ‘risk of serious disruption and delay’ next month when the Brexit transition period ends, MPs warned yesterday.
In a scathing assessment of the way ministers have planned for leaving the customs union, the Commons public accounts committee questioned the UK’s level of preparedness.
The cross-party MPs said, with just four weeks to go, they did not believe the necessary systems are in place whether or not a deal is reached with Brussels.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove attending a cabinet meeting
The MPs stated: ‘There are still significant risks to the country being ready for the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020, but Government still only seems to be taking limited responsibility for that readiness.
Rod McKenzie, of the Road Haulage Association
‘Industry bodies have said that Government has not provided key information needed by businesses to prepare, such as detailed guidance on how to apply for simplified customs procedures.’
Yesterday Rod McKenzie, of the Road Haulage Association, said: ‘The best case scenario is it will be shambolic.
'The worst case scenario is it will be catastrophic.’
British and EU negotiators are continuing discussions in London on a post-Brexit trade deal.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove yesterday hit out at Brussels for trying to take the ‘lion’s share’ of British fish stocks as talks go ‘down to the wire’.
Mr Gove urged businesses to be ready for the deadline whether a last-minute deal is struck or not.
He told Sky News: ‘The EU still want to take the lion’s share of the fishing in our waters, which is just not fair given that we are leaving the EU.
'The EU still want us to be tied to their way of doing things.’