UK businesses are being urged to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period in just one month’s time. The negotiations on a future trade deal are still continuing. Chief negotiators David Frost and Michel Barnier remain locked in trade talks, with Angela Merkel warning a failure to strike a deal would reflect badly on both sides.
The UK government is setting up a new border operations centre, which is destined to monitor the British frontier around the clock in an attempt to deliver on the promise of tightening the country’s borders once EU laws no longer apply.
Ministers have written letters to businesses warning that they must prepare for the new year, with changes approaching whether or not a free-trade agreement is in place. Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “Regardless of the outcome of our negotiations with the EU, there are guaranteed changes that businesses must prepare for now.”
The border operations centre being announced today is intended to monitor the flow of people and goods between the UK and the continent, and in particular to prevent smuggling and organised crime. The Government admits that the end of the transition period “will likely mean that there is short-term disruption at the border”.