UK softens stance on border controls post Brexit transition period.

Michael Gove is expected to make an announcement on Friday in regards to border operations that will come into place after we leave the European Union on the 31st December 2020. The UK said it was going to introduce checks and controls on goods coming from the EU from the exit date, but that’s now being softened due to business concerns.

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The Financial Times reported a government source saying: “We recognise the impact that coronavirus has had on UK businesses and as we take back control of our laws and our borders at the end of this year, we will take a pragmatic and flexible approach to help business adjust to the changes and opportunities of being outside the single market and the customs union.”

This means goods coming in from the EU into Britain will only have very light checks, where products going into the EU from the UK will have full checks.
On Friday, Gove is said to be holding a joint meeting with Maros Sefcovic – European Commission Vice President.
It’s being reported that if both sides don’t agree on another meeting before July, the period in which you can ask for an extension will pass, meaning there will be no extension.
No extension beyond the transition deadline has been a steadfast red line with Boris Johnson.
A summit has been pencilled for Monday, over videoconference, between EU commission President Ursula von der Leyen and UK Prime Minister to see if there is a way forward to break the deadlock in these trade negotiations.
Both sides have committed themselves to “an intensified timetable” with possible face to face meetings if health guidelines permit it.
European Council president Charles Michel and the president of the European Parliament, David-Maria Sassoli will also join the political talks.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “The UK and the EU have agreed an intensified timetable for FTA negotiations in July.
“This new process will involve a mix of formal negotiating rounds and smaller group meetings, both in London and Brussels assuming public health guidelines enable this.”
The rush to intensify talks came after the fourth round of negotiations didn’t produce fruit, meaning no headway was made in the negotiations.

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