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UK News Brexit: Boris Johnson's plans for border installations near Dover meet with protest

19:16  12 july  2020
19:16  12 july  2020 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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Bisher können die Lastwagen in Dover direkt auf die Fähre rollen. Künftig werden Zollkontrollen im Hinterland nötig. © AFP So far, the trucks in Dover can roll directly onto the ferry. In future customs controls will be necessary in the hinterland.

The British government starts building border fortifications in the Dover hinterland. They will probably not be finished in time at the end of the year.

Until recently, Brexit leaders like Boris Johnson still denied that border controls would be necessary after left the EU. Thanks to new technology, the customs border should be invisible. The forwarders could do all the formalities online, it said.

However, British Prime Minister is now starting to build new border facilities. As the Guardian newspaper first reported at the weekend, the government bought an 11-hectare property on the M20 motorway near Ashford.

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Europe thinks Boris Johnson ' s Brexit plan is a trap. Without a backstop or any alternatives, this means that there would have to be infrastructure on (or near ) the Irish border and that the EU's There's a growing sense that Johnson ' s plan might be less a serious proposal to break the deadlock

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The area in the hinterland of the Dover ferry port is said to initially serve as a parking lot for the trucks waiting for their slot on the ferry. In the long term, a customs clearance center is to be built here. The site will be fenced off and cleared on Monday.

cabinet minister Michael Gove announced on Sunday investments totaling £ 705 million for border infrastructure and IT. It was not the government's intention to build a “huge concrete truck parking lot,” the Tory said in the BBC. After all, you want a “smart border”. But look at several locations for the new customs clearance.

The port of Dover is the bottleneck through which the majority of freight traffic rolls into the EU. Due to the location between the cliffs and the sea, there is no space for customs controls in the port itself. Therefore, it had long been expected that they would take place somewhere in the hinterland. However, the government had never given details - not least out of fear of the outcry of the population.

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border installations should be ready by December 31st.

The plans are now alarming residents and politicians in Kent, the "Garden of England". They are "unfair to Ashford," said Conservative Conservative MP Damian Green, the local newspaper Kentish Express.

“It could mean that several thousand trucks are parked here. This would be a significant disruption to the area, ”said Green, former Vice Premier of Theresa May . According to Paul Bartlett, Conservative Ashford City Council, construction could take two years.

The border facilities should actually be ready by December 31. Because then ends the transition period agreed with the EU : Great Britain leaves the European internal market and the customs union.

However, preparations at the border are expected to be incomplete by then. The government had recently admitted that customs controls on EU imports would initially be waived in January. Instead, the checks are to be gradually introduced by July 1, 2021.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he has made a "genuine attempt to bridge the chasm" in order to get a fresh Brexit deal with the EU. He told MPs his plan - which would see Northern Ireland stay in the European single market for goods but leave the customs union - were a "compromise".

EU ultimatum comes as sources say PM was ‘surprised’ by levels of checks on the border .

Even on this date there are doubts. Minister of Commerce Liz Truss warned in a letter to Gove and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak this week that the ports will not be ready in July 2021. The letter was released to the public on Wednesday via the "Business Insider". The Brexit hardliner Truss apparently wanted to increase the pressure to speed up the preparations.

The internal government dispute is a steep template for the Labor opposition. There is "growing chaos and confusion" in the cabinet, MEP Rachel Reeves said. British companies are alarmed that the government is "not entirely open" about the state of preparations at the border.

The government has not yet released any concrete details regarding future controls on the maritime border between Great Britain and the British part of Northern Ireland. This will happen later in July, Gove told the BBC.

On the EU side, however, the preparations have already been completed. The most important ports, in Calais in France and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, are said to be ready for customs clearance of British goods.

The fact that a conservative British government of all places is now building border facilities is still frowning in Brussels. "Margaret Thatcher proudly declared in 1988 that the barriers to trade in Europe were falling," tweeted MEP Guy Verhofstadt on Sunday. “In 2020, the same party will reinstate the obstacles. Progress can never be taken for granted. ”

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