Brexit border infrastructure gets £705m boost

Brexit border infrastructure gets £705m boost

A lorry boards a cross channel ferry at the Port of Dover in Kent

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A funding package of £705m to boost infrastructure on Britain’s border with the EU has been announced by the government.

Plans include border control posts and 500 more Border Force personnel.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said the move would help the UK “seize…opportunities” post-Brexit.

The funding follows a leaked letter from International Trade Secretary Liz Truss raising concerns about the readiness of Britain’s ports.

The UK left the EU on 31 January and is now in an 11-month transition period, during which existing trading rules and membership of the customs union and single market apply.

What the UK’s relationship with the EU will look like when the transition period ends will depend on whether a trade deal is reached.

Customs checks on EU goodswill be delayed until July 2021.

The new funding will include up to £470m to build port and inland infrastructure, and £235m will be allocated for IT systems and staffing.

It comes after a leaked letter, firstreport

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