EU External Affairs Sub-Committee

Brexit: customs arrangements inquiry

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Oral evidence ongoing.

Scope of the inquiry

On 15 August 2017, the Government released its position paper 'Future customs arrangements—a future partnership paper', which set out two options for a post-Brexit customs arrangement with the EU: a ‘highly streamlined customs arrangement’, and a 'new customs partnership with the EU'. The Prime Minister repeated these two options in her Speech on our future economic partnership with the European Union at Mansion House on 2 March 2018.

This inquiry will explore the two options set out by the Government, by considering issues including: possible technological solutions to be implemented at the UK-EU border after Brexit; financial and staff resources required by both the Government and businesses to implement new arrangements; the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS) system and its compatibility with new customs arrangements; and the estimated timeframe to develop and implement new customs arrangements.

Latest evidence

Next meeting(s)

19 July 2018 10:00 am

Oral Evidence Session

Brexit: customs arrangements
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(at 10:05 am)
Mr Jon Thompson, First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive, HM Revenue and Customs
Mr Jim Harra, Tax Assurance Commissioner, Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary, HM Revenue and Customs
(at 11:15 am)
Mr Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union
Mr Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, HM Treasury


Room 1, Palace of Westminster

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