DExEU and HM Treasury Ministers and HMRC officials questioned by Committee

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19 July 2018

The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee is holding a double evidence session with officials from HMRC; Robin Walker MP, Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU); and Mel Stride MP, HM Treasury.


Thursday 19 July 2018 in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.05am

  • Jon Thompson, First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive, HM Revenue and Customs; and
  • Jim Harra, Tax Assurance Commissioner, Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary, HM Revenue and Customs.

At 11.15am

  • Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DExEU; and
  • Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, HM Treasury.

Likely questions

  • How would Facilitated Customs Arrangement (FCA) remove the need for any physical customs infrastructure at the border?
  • What customs facilitation arrangements are currently in place between the EU and third countries that could be applicable to the UK if no comprehensive customs agreement was reached?
  • What support and advice is HMRC providing to UK ports and airports with regard to different possible customs arrangements with the EU?
  • The White Paper speaks of a "phased implementation" of the FCS. What timescale does the Government envisage?
  • What assessment has the Government made of the administrative implications and costs, and staff resources needed for the FCA, both for Government and UK businesses?
  • What engagement has taken place between the UK Government and France, Belgium, and others, to ensure the EU side is equally prepared?
  • How many negotiation rounds remain before the October European Council, and how will the Government ensure that agreement will be reached in time?

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