UK Border Force:Written question - 164996

Asked by Karl Turner
(Kingston upon Hull East)
Asked on: 17 July 2018
Home Office
UK Border Force
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to ensure that UK Border Force is adequately prepared for new customs checks and controls when the UK leaves the EU.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 24 July 2018

Government departments are working together across a range of complex issues to develop our future approach at the border. These options will be kept under review in light of negotiations with the EU.

An EU Exit programme has been stood up within Border Force with responsibility for drawing together all of the necessary plans for Border Force to prepare for EU Exit, and the successful delivery of those plans.

As part of our preparations Border Force is recruiting 300 frontline officers to allow existing staff to be trained in new requirements ahead of EU Exit.

This is separate from the recruitment of up to 1,000 Border Force officers, which is to meet a range of business needs, including meeting the normal staff turnover associated with a large operational business such as Border Force. It will also support Border Force to respond flexibly to emerging requirements, including any future requirements as a result of EU Exit.

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