EU External Affairs Sub-Committee

Brexit: customs arrangements inquiry

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Report published 20 September 2018. Report debated 1 April 2019. Government response received 22 July 2019. Follow-up letter sent to Minister on 3 October 2019. Response to follow-up letter received on 16 October 2019.

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The EU External Affairs report examines the Government' Chequers proposals for a Facilitated Customs Arrangement (FCA) and the customs challenges under 'no deal'. The report finds that under the FCA, UK importers would face an administration cost of £700 million per year – a fraction of the annual £18 billion 'no deal' cost to UK traders. However, the  FCA raises a number of significant questions that need to be resolved for it to be workable and acceptable to the EU.

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