The impact of post-Brexit delays and checks at Dover risk tailbacks on Kent motorways. Photo Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit border chaos will cause huge delays and cost £1bn a year, says report

Article in The Guardian
31 July, 2017

I like the idea that “the border is a tax point – not a search point”: it should apply to movements of people as it applies to movements of goods, capital and services.

“Britain will be hit by huge border delays, require vast lorry parks in the south-east, and suffer more than £1bn a year in economic damage, according to a stark economic analysis of the likely impact of customs checks after Brexit…

The alarming assessment, by the Europe-wide Oxera consultancy, sets out what it describes as the most likely impact of the new border checks imposed after Brexit. The warning comes after Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, ruled that the government’s hopes of securing “frictionless” trade outside the EU was not possible…

The study also sounds the alarm over a new customs IT system due to be delivered just as Britain leaves the EU.”

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