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EU Exit: UK Border


In December 2020 the UK and the EU reached agreement on the terms of their future relationship following Brexit. Since the end of the agreement ‘transition period’ on 31 December 2020, there have been changes in how the UK trades with the EU, and in relation to the movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

  • the EU has begun treating the UK as a third country and has implemented full controls on goods passing between the UK and the EU;
  • the UK plans to introduce full import controls on goods moving from the EU to the UK in phases from October 2021 to March 2022.

In addition, grace periods on the movement of certain goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland are currently planned to expire in October 2021, which will bring about further changes. These arrangements are currently the subject of intense negotiations.

Across two evidence hearings the Committee will question experts in international trade and customs, including live animal transport issues and issues related to supply chains in Northern Ireland; and senior officials at the Cabinet Office, HMRC and Defra.

If you have evidence on Government’s progress in managing the border and implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol since the end of the transition period; the impact of the new border arrangements on businesses and industry sectors; or how government is managing future risks in these areas particularly in relation to introducing full import controls, please submit it here by Monday 15 November.