MICHAEL Gove has launched a major government advertising campaign called 'Let's Get Going' to prepare the UK for the end of the Brexit transition period.
It clearly sets out the actions businesses and individuals need to take in order to prepare for the end of the transition period on December 31, 2020.
The campaign will target UK citizens intending to travel to Europe from January 1, 2021, and all importers to and exporters from the EU, alongside UK nationals living in the EU and EU, EEA or Swiss citizens living in the UK.
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Priti Patel is also expected to announce details of the UK's points-based immigration system today as well.
It comes following the announcement that more than £700 million will be spent on building new infrastructure, hiring staff, and developing technology to ensure Britain's border systems are fully operational when the UK leaves the EU.
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GB FACES £7BN RED TAPE BILL OVER BREXIT BORDER PLAN
British companies that trade with EU countries will face fill in an extra 215m customs declarations at a cost of about £7billion a year, according to government officials.
The scale of the additional red tape was revealed as Michael Gove laid out the government’s plans to manage the UK’s borders in a 206-page document.
Mr Gove has not disputed industry estimates that some 50,000 new private sector customs agents will have to be hired by business to deal with formalities at the UK-EU border, the Financial Times reports.
Officials confirmed that the government’s most recent estimates — first published by HM Revenue & Customs in December 2018 — were that there would be an extra 215m customs declaration forms for businesses importing or exporting goods.
NORTHERN IRELAND BUSINESSES 'LEFT IN DARK' OVER POST-BREXIT TRADE
A group of MPs has claimed businesses in Northern Ireland have been “left in the dark” by the government's post-Brexit trading arrangements.
The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee condemned the Government for leaving businesses ill-prepared for the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.
The committee's findings come after members conducted an inquiry into the Northern Ireland Protocol – the element of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement that will see Northern Ireland operate under different trading rules to the rest of the UK.
Under the terms of the protocol, which is designed to avoid border checks on the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland will be a part of the UK's customs territory but will still follow EU customs law and administer the bloc's customs rules at its ports.
The region will also follow EU single market regulations on goods.
The Government has acknowledged this will mean more regulatory checks on some goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK, with the expansion of infrastructure to carry out sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) screening of animals and food products.
But the Government has insisted there will be no new physical customs infrastructure in Northern Ireland.
MERKEL: BUILD BRIDGES BETWEEN WARING EU COUNTRIES
The German Chancellor has warned bridges still need to be built between waring EU countries as they argue over a massive stimulus package to rebuild economies after the coronavirus.
The leaders of EU member nations are preparing to gather on Friday for the first time since February to thrash out a compromise on a one-off, €500billion ($569 bn) stimulus package proposed by Germany and France.
Much of the stimulus money would go to help countries that were most affected by the virus and its economic impacts, such as Italy and Spain.
Some fiscally conservative EU countries oppose the French-German plan because it would entail borrowing by the bloc as a whole.
The debate has been linked to a discussion on the 27-country blocs long-term budget, already complicated by Brexit and ongoing friction over funding cuts for countries that fail to meet human rights and rule of law standards.
“I don't know whether we will reach an agreement,” Merkel said of the two-day meeting in Brussels where leaders are expected to debate a massive package of debt mutualization, grants, aid and loans worth €1.85 trillion ($2.1 trillion.)
“It needs to be an extraordinary effort that shows Europe wants to stand together at this difficult time. This has a political dimension that goes beyond the number,” she told reporters at the German governments guest house near Berlin where she was meeting with Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte.
“I don't know whether one meeting will be enough or whether we will need to meet a second time before the end of the summer,” Merkel added, noting that an agreement will require unanimity among all 27 EU members.
BREXIT WITHOUT A TRADE DEAL WOULD MEAN 'SELF-HARM'
Brexit with no trade deal would be an “enormous act of self-harm” and an “extraordinary failing of politics”, Ireland's foreign affairs minister has said.
Simon Coveney described negotiations as “frustrating” and said there had been little progress, after briefing Cabinet about the ongoing Brexit talks.
He said EU negotiators are being consistent with the political declaration signed by the UK and its EU counterparts six months ago.
“There's been four rounds of negotiations to date and really very little progress and quite a lot of frustration,” Mr Coveney added.
“We will attempt to agree a future relationship agreement that had a basic free trade agreement, but with that there needs to be a level playing field provision, there needed to be a governance arrangement that could monitor and deal with disputes, should they happen.
“And that we would have a fisheries agreement with that also, along with an attempt to try and agree a series of agreements in a whole range of areas including data, financial services, transport, to aviation to policing and security co-operation, to climate to environment.
“There are more discussions happening this week and we hope the UK will adapt its approach to the commitment that they gave in the political declaration that they have moved away from since these negotiations began so we can try to put the pieces of this agreement in place.
“Hopefully by the end of September or October to ensure we avoid the consequences of a no-deal trade Brexit which would be an enormous act of self-harm, but also an extraordinary failing of politics if we were, at the start of next year, trading on the basis of WTO regulations which would include tariffs on certain products.”
Mr Coveney said there will be more focus on the Northern Ireland protocol this week.
Describing it as a complex agreement, he said it would allow Northern Ireland to act as an entry point for the EU single market into the Republic of Ireland which would avoid the need for checks.
FARAGE ADMITS 'CONCERN' OVER BRITISH WATERS POST-BREXIT
Nigel Farage has admitted he has “concern” over what will happen to British fishing waters should a Brexit deal be finalised.
Britain and the EU are still trying to thrash out a deal that will suit both sides but there are a number of sticking points that have made progress slow.
One of those is the question of fishing in British waters once the UK has left the EU.
The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has threatened there will be no trade deal unless there is a balanced agreement.
The former Ukip leader told Express.co.uk: “I’m concerned.
“I want us to regain full control under the international law of our waters.
“That was very much a demand made in the referendum campaign and that has been reiterated ever since.”
UK TO CREATE 10-12 BREXIT BORDER CUSTOMS SITES
Britain will create between “10 to 12” new Brexit border customs sites as it shakes up trading as it gears up to leave the EU.
Michael Gove said the move would cement the move to “take back control” from the European Union.
The programme will cost £470million.
BRITS COULD FACE HIGHER TRAVEL INSURANCE AFTER BREXIT
Brits have been warned to expect changes to the price of travel insurance, mobile phone charges, passports and travelling with pets after Brexit.
New rules could mean cats, dogs and ferrets will need to have a blood sample taken by a vet and shipped to an EU-approved blood-testing laboratory before being able to cross borders.
Brits will also be advised to check their mobile phone provider's roaming policy, as free coverage may end.
t comes as a huge £93million publicity blitz will be launched by the government today to get the UK ready for Brexit.
Read more here.
CARE WORKERS NOT COVERED IN HEALTH VISA UNDER NEW IMMIGRATION PLANS
Home Secretary Priti Patel has unveiled details of how the UK's new points-based system will operate when it comes into effect on 1 January next year.
A health and care visa will provide a route for key health professionals to work in the UK.
However, this will not include social care workers, Number 10 revealed.
The prime minister's official spokesman said the government wants employers to “invest more in training and development for care workers in this country”.
He said: “On care workers specifically, our independent migration advisers have said that immigration is not the sole answer here, which is why we have provided councils with an additional £1.5bn of funding for social care in 2021-22, as well as launching a new recruitment campaign.”
THREE STAGES TO POST-BREXIT BORDER CONTROLS
There will be three stages to the new post-Brexit border controls, Michael Gove has said.
The first stage will start in January with traders who are importing standard good will have to prepare for basic customs requirements.
Full customs declarations will be need for goods such as alcohol and tobacco.
However, people importing these goods will have six months to make their declaration and pay any tariffs on them.
The second phase will start in April 2021.
All products of animal origin, as well as plant products, will need pre-notification and relevant health documents.
Physical checks will start taking place at the point of destination.
In the third phase in July, traders moving all goods will have to make full customs declarations at the point of importation and pay relevant tariffs.
Checks for animal and plant products will take place at border control posts in Great Britain.
BORDER FULLY OPERATIONAL BY 2021
Michael Gove has said all systems will be in place by the end of the Brexit transition period to ensure the border is fully operational.
He told MPs: “It is the case that the GVMS (Goods Vehicle Movement Service) is going to be in place, as all systems are, so that we can have a fully operational border and it is of course the case that the additional infrastructure of the £705 million we've announced will ensure that it is in place on time.
“That additional infrastructure is there specifically in order to ensure that when vehicles arrive in Calais that they have passed through all the necessary checks and then they can proceed smoothly to market.”
BATTLING COVID-19 AND BREXIT LIKE BACK-TO-BACK BOUTS WITH FURY AND JOSHUA, MP SAYS
A Labour MP has compared battling the coronavirus and sorting out Brexit to having to fight Tyson Fury having just got in the ring with Anthony Joshua.
Labour MP Barry Sheerman said: “My view is we're heading for a disaster. And what does [Michael Gove] say to a leading businessman in my constituency [who] said we're staggering because of coronavirus, like coming out of the ring having gone 15 rounds with Anthony Joshua only to find, as we leave this chaos of leaving Europe, we've got Tyson Fury for another 15.
“Is it fair to do this to our great British public?”
But Mr Gove replied: “Seconds out, round one, I'm tempted to reply.
“I think it's important of course to be aware of the challenges, but also the opportunities.”
ANALYSIS – BREXIT? WHAT BREXIT?
The Sun Online's Political Editor Natasha Clark, gives her expert insight into the current Brexit situation.
You’d better get ready – because this time it’s really happening.
Four years after Britain voted to leave, it’s time for everyone to get ready for the brave new world.
Micheal Gove has today set out a 200-page document for businesses to help them sort everything out they need in good time for leaving the transition period at the end of the year.
Fill in those forms, get your customs and VAT in order, and prepare for a truly global Britain to finally emerge.
Members of the public are being urged to check their passport is in date for travelling next year, and to make sure they get extra travel insurance to cover themselves.
If you have a pet, speak to your vet about what you need to do to travel with them safely.
Don't forget to check your mobile phone contract too before you travel, to avoid any nasty roaming fees cropping up.
£700million will be spent to set up border sites to check documentation for firms trading between the UK and the EU, and hire extra staff to make sure that come January 1, 2021, everything goes as smoothly as it can.
But time is running out for businesses, who desperately need to start getting ready now.
The Government today insisted that “the UK's negotiations with the EU will have NO IMPACT on the need to take these actions,” making it clear these new rules are not optional, in an attempt to provide that desperately needed certainty.
Until that detail on what trading is going to look like, it’s going to be pretty tricky for firms to get their affairs exactly in order, and all the while still trying to recover from the huge hit of coronavirus.
But the chance to freely trade with countries around the world, take back control of our borders and laws, will make it all worth it for Britain’s Brexiteers come January 1.
There’s no going back now.
MICHAEL GOVE BREXIT STATEMENT ROUND UP
- Business needs to be ready for the UK becoming an independent trading nation
- More than £700 million is to be spent on building new infrastructure, hiring staff and developing technology to ensure that Britain's border systems are fully operational when the UK leaves the EU
- New border operating model
- Britain will have the “most secure” border in the world by 2025
'BREXIT CAN HELP FIGHT ORGANISED CRIME'
Michael Gove has said Brexit will help the UK to fight organised crime.
Documents released today also revealed tough new laws on criminals.
'NORTHERN IRELAND INFO TO BE PUBLISHED IN A FEW WEEKS'
Michael Gove has promised further information on Northern Ireland will be published in a few weeks.
The country has been something of a hot potato in Brexit talks,with the devolved nation retaining EU food standards.
NEW TRADER CHECKLIST
- GB Economic Registraion Number
- Goods Code
- Customs Value
- Considered how to make customs decorations
- Make exports declarations
- Ensure they have the right certificates and licenses
NEW OPERATING MODEL FOR THE BORDER
Michael Gove described a new operating model for the border as a package of “comprehensive guidance”.
He added the measures will be in place for when the UK “takes back control”.
'WE WILL DEVELOP NEW ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIPS'
Mr Gove has said Brexit will enable the UK to develop new economic relationships.
He said new trade deals can be struck between the UK and countries like Japan and Australia.
BREXIT WILL HELP WITH COVID RECOVERY
Michael Gove said becoming a “truly independent” United Kingdom will enable Britain to put the right measures in place for Covid-19 recovery.
He added: “With control of the money we send to Brussels, we can spend it on our priorities”.
GOVE'S BREXIT STATEMENT BEGINS
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4.30 BREXIT STATEMENT – WHAT TO EXPECT?
Michael Gove will give a speech shortly outlining preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is expected to discuss new measures that will come into place on January 1, 2021.
They will cover travel to the EU including insurance, mobile phone roaming and insurance, as well as businesses who operate via Europe.
FOREIGN CRIMINALS JAILED FOR OVER A YEAR WILL BE BANNED FROM BRITAIN
Foreign criminals jailed for over a year will be barred from Britain under tough new immigration rules.
Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the beefed-up measures for Border Force and immigration officials today, which will come in from January 2021.
In a new 130-page document, the Government revealed even criminals not sentenced to 12 months face being booted out of Britain.
It said: “Those already in the UK who are sentenced to 12 months or more in prison must be considered for deportation.
“Where the 12-month criminality deportation threshold is not met, a foreign criminal will still be considered for deportation where it is conducive to the public good, including where they have serious or persistent criminality.”
This includes persistent offenders such as pickpockets and burglars.
BREXIT FISHING ‘CHAOS’ THREATENS FUTURE OF DEAL
A prominent Brexiteer has warned the UK and EU are not making enough progress in the Brexit trade talks as reaching a deal on fishing continues to cause friction.
Ben Habib said: “On fishing, the EU seem prepared to give up some ground but not the amount the Prime Minister said would be a prerequisite for a deal with them on fishing.
“I think they are prepared to give British fishermen greater rights into our own waters.
“But the Prime Minister had said that the quotas should be established on an annual basis.
“This would then allow the UK to be capable of altering them unilaterally at the beginning of each year.
“The EU is resisting that and there is still quite a lot of ground to cover.”
MOBILE ROAMING CHARGES TO RISE
Holidaymakers could be hit with pricey mobile roaming charges when travelling abroad after Brexit.
The warning comes as the government prepares to launch a huge £93million publicity drive to get the UK ready for Brexit.
As well as changes to your phone bill, Brexit could also see the cost of travel insurance, passports and travelling with pets rise.
And the government is warning people to check now before being hit with unexpected changes.
Holidaymakers can currently use their monthly allowance of calls, texts and data without incurring any extra charges in 28 European destinations.
It's part of the EU’s “roam like at home” rules, which have been in place since 2018.
WILL I NEED TO RENEW MY PASSPORT?
The UK is preparing to leave the EU Customs Union and Single Market on December 31, with a £93m government scheme to be launched during the transition period.
However, many Brits have been left confused as to what this means for their holiday to Europe in 2021 – here is everything you need to know about your passport.
Brits do not have to renew their passport before travelling to Europe in 2020, as long as it remains in date.
Brits are being urged to check their passports, however, with many expected to have expired during lockdown with renewals taking much longer than usual.
Families should also not book any holidays if their passport is not in date, as the number on the document will be different.
The current transition period runs until the end of the year, meaning British passports remain unaffected.
Both burgundy and blue passports are valid for travel, as long as they are in date, so you will not have to change your burgundy passport.