Boris Johnson ‘takes back control’ as EU trade talks go to the wire

Boris Johnson ‘takes back control’ as EU trade talks go to the wire

Michael Gove said the multi-million pound intelligence hub will keep track of people and goods travelling in and out of the country. The Cabinet Office Minister told the Daily Express Britain “will finally stand on its own two feet” when the country is free of the EU’s control next month. He wrote: “Since leaving the EU in January we have been in the Brexit transition period. Now that’s about to end.

“In just a month’s time, big changes are coming, whatever the outcome of our current talks with the EU. The UK will finally stand on its own two feet.

“We are taking back control of our borders, laws and money, and leaving the EU single market and customs union.”

The Government admits changes to the way the UK trades with the EU means it is likely that there will be some disruption early next year.

But it said the new Border Operations Centre will help smooth the flow of passengers and goods as well as improve security.

It will build up data over time that allows officials to analyse patterns and use them to work out how to target problems.

The Government insists that will make it easier for businesses and travellers crossing the border.

But it will also help crack down on organised crime, terrorism and abuse of the migration system.

Brexit transition arrangements end in one month but talks on the system that will replace them are still continuing.

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Angela Merkel said failure to secure a deal would set a “rather poor example for the rest of the world”.

The German Chancellor insisted the bloc should focus on securing an agreement rather than accelerating plans for a no deal Brexit.

She urged European capitals to support chief negotiator Michel Barnier to broker an acceptable trade-off for post-Brexit fishing rights and state aid rules.

Mrs Merkel said: “Michel Barnier has been negotiating and Ursula von der Leyen has been increasingly involved in the negotiating process so we do hope that we’ll get a positive conclusion to this.

“Some member states are now becoming impatient. There’s not much time left. Governance, level playing field play a large role.

“Perhaps for some the most tangible are concrete questions, from the British point of view access to energy markets, from our view access to British fishing grounds.”

It comes as the Government stepped up calls for businesses to prepare for the end of the transition period.

Firms of all sizes have been sent letters setting out the next steps they need to take to be ready for the changes as well as seize the opportunities that leaving the EU will bring.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Our fresh start outside of the EU single market and customs union is just on the horizon.

“As we enter the home stretch, businesses must make sure they are fully prepared for the new rules and opportunities that being an independent trading nation will bring.

“Amongst all our proactive work with business, I have written to nearly five million firms across the UK outlining the top actions they need to take, and reminding them that the Government is here to support them as the transition period ends”.

Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:01:00 +0000