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Michael Gove has outlined a £700million package for new infrastructure, the hiring of staff and advanced technology at the UK border as Britain begins to take back control. The new border control will be built inland where there is no space at ports and contain up to 12 new sites. The blueprint also outlines new regulations on the trading of goods from the EU as the UK prepares to formally leave the single market and customs union at the end of the year.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said: “The publication of the border operating model is an important step which gives business the certainty and direction they need to prepare for the end of the transition period when the UK becomes an independent trading nation for the first time in nearly 50 years.
“We are committed to working closely with businesses and the border industry to help deliver not just a fully operational border at the end of the transition period, but also the world’s most effective and secure border in the world by 2025.”
Announcing the move in the House of Commons, Mr Gove also fired a warning at Brussels and reiterated the UK would be pressing ahead with the plans regardless of the outcomes of trade talks.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster insisted Britain will take back control of its economy whether it is in the form of a formal Canada-style trade agreement or an informal Australian-style deal.
Mr Gove added: “From January 1, 2021, we will embark on the next chapter in our history as a fully independent United Kingdom.
“With control of our economy we can continue to put in place the right measures for Covid recovery. With control over the money we sent to Brussels we can spend it on our priorities, investing in the NHS, spreading opportunity more equally across the UK and strengthening our union.
“Regardless of the outcome of the negotiations with the EU over our future relationship, whether or not we have a Canada-style deal or an Australian model, we will be leaving the single market and the customs union.”
On Monday International Trade Secretary Liz Truss also kicked-off a new era for Britain by embarking on trade talks with New Zealand.
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8.25am update: Ireland issues no deal warning
Ireland’s foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney has issued a warning over the possibility of no trade deal being reached between the UK and the EU.
Simon Coveney said if the stalemate continues in Brexit trade talks it would be an “extraordinary failing of politics”.
Mr Coveney said: “There are more discussions happening this week and we hope the UK will adapt its approach to the commitment that they gave in the political declaration that they have moved away from since these negotiations began so we can try to put the pieces of this agreement in place.
“Hopefully by the end of September or October to ensure we avoid the consequences of a no deal trade Brexit which would be an enormous act of self-harm, but also an extraordinary failing of politics if we were, at the start of next year, trading on the basis of WTO regulations which would include tariffs on certain products.”
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