Brexit: the customs challenge report to be debated in the Lords
On Monday 1 April 2019 the House of Lords will debate the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee's report, Brexit: the customs challenge, which was published on 20 September 2018.
The report examined the Government's Chequers proposal for a Facilitated Customs Arrangement (FCA) and the customs challenges under 'no deal'.
The report found that a 'no deal' Brexit will cause significant disruption and will be costly – mitigation options are limited and no technology currently exists which would dispense with the need for border checks. ‘No deal' will therefore cause delays at roll-on/roll-off ports and disrupt highly integrated supply chains. Some form of physical border infrastructure will be required, which is of particular relevance to the Northern Ireland/Ireland border, where trade under WTO rules risks re-introducing a hard border.
The report also found 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. However, the FCA raises a number of significant questions about its implementation that need to be resolved for it to be workable and acceptable to the EU.
Expected to speak in the upcoming debate are:
- Chair of the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee Baroness Verma
- Lord Bilimoria
- Lord Dykes
- Lord Horam
- Baroness Randerson
- Lord Stevenson of Balmacara
- Baroness Suttie
- Lord Taverne
- Lord Triesman
Lord Bates will respond on behalf of the Government.
The debate is expected to start at some point after 3pm on Monday 1 April 2019.
It can be watched live at https://www.parliamentlive.tv and a transcript will be available approximately three hours from the start of the debate on Hansard.