Statement: end of the Brexit transition period

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13 July 2020

Today in the Commons chamber, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster made a statement on the preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period.

On 31st January 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union.

Michael Gove: "Our next chapter of history as a fully independent United Kingdom."

Michael Gove told the House that from 1 January 2021, "we will embark on our next chapter of history as a fully independent United Kingdom."

He added that "with control of our economy we can continue to put into place the right measures for covid recovery."

The Chancellor told the House that whether or not the UK has a "Canada style deal or an Australian model" the UK will be leaving the single market and the Customs Union.

He told the House that he is announcing today two significant new initiatives "that will bring financial support, further clarity and also reassurance for business and citizens."

Mr Gove said:

"We're launching a major new public information campaign to make sure everyone has the facts they need about the actions we all need to take in order to be ready. And we're also releasing for the first time an operating model for the border that will benefit importers and exporters."

Rachel Reeves: "A picture of chaos, complacency and confusion."

Responding on behalf of the Opposition, Shadow Secretary Rachel Reeves started by speaking of concerns put forward by the Trade Secretary in a letter written on July 8. She said "the letter paints a picture of chaos, complacency and confusion right at the top of Government."

Highlighting those concerns, Ms Reeves said:

"The Trade Secretary expresses concerns that the UK will be vulnerable to a world trade organisation challenge. So will the Government provide its advice and analysis on the risk and cost to the Government of such a challenge?

"Second, the Trade Secretary highlights that there are EU facing ports where the infrastructure to implement controls does not currently exist. Can the minister give the country and indeed his cabinet reassurance by publishing all relevant delivery plans, land purchases and rental agreements with timescales and risks, and not just for the port of Dover?"

The Shadow Secretary also asked why there is a wait for details on Northern Ireland to be published. 


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