Cabinet Office and HMRC officials give evidence on post-Brexit trade in goods
The House of Lords European Affairs questions Cabinet Office and HMRC officials on the impact of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union on trade in goods and preparations for the introduction of new import controls.
The Committee has launched an inquiry into the trade in goods between Great Britain and the EU, of which this is the final oral evidence session. The launch of this inquiry comes nearly a year after the UK’s formal exit from the Single Market and Customs Union, and comes shortly after the UK Government’s decision on 14 September 2021 to further delay the introduction of new import controls on goods entering GB from the EU, many of which will now not be introduced until 1 July 2022. In announcing this delay, the Government stated that its “own preparations, in terms of systems, infrastructure and resourcing, remain on track to meet” the original timetable, and that the delay instead reflected the impact of the pandemic and wider pressures on supply chains.
In contrast to this approach, the EU introduced full import controls from 1 January 2021 – leading to an asymmetry between GB exports to the EU and GB imports from the EU, with the former facing more checks and controls than the latter.
The Committee has held three evidence sessions on trade in goods and will be putting the questions and issues raised in those sessions to the Government departments concerned.
Topics for discussion include:
- The impact of the introduction of new non-tariff bariers on trade in goods
- The Government's decision to delay the introduction of certain import controls
- Government preparations for the introduction of import controls, including guidance to business and the contstruction of physical border infrastructure
- Divergence between the UK and EU regulations on goods