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EU External Affairs Sub-Committee
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.
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.
Evidence given by Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union; Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster-General, HM Treasury.
Evidence given by Jon Thompson, First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive, HM Revenue and Customs; Jim Harra, Tax Assurance Commissioner, Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary, HM Revenue and Customs.
Evidence given by Susan Morley, Director, Morley Consulting Training Limited; Joseph Owen, Associate Director, Institute for Government; Sam Lowe, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform.
House of Lords debates EU Committee's report 'Brexit: the customs challenge' on 1 April 2019.