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Jacob Rees-Mogg today (28 April) announced that the Government will not be implementing any further controls on EU goods being imported the Britain this year. This would have included sanitary and phytosanitary checks on fresh produce and the requirement for safety and security declarations on EU imports. 

A letter penned by Rees-Mogg explained that the Government would instead be accelerating its transformative programme to digitise Britain’s borders, harnessing ‘new technologies and data to reduce friction and costs for businesses and consumers’. 

“Introducing controls in July would have replicated the controls that the EU applies to their global trade,”​ he added. “This would have introduced complex and costly checks that would have then been altered later as our transformation programme is delivered. The challenges that this country faces has underlined that this is not the right thing to do for Britain.” 

No further controls 

No further import controls on EU goods will be introduced this year and businesses have been assured that they can halt their preparations for the changes planned for July.  

“We will publish a Target Operating Model in the Autumn that will set out our new regime of border import controls and will target the end of 2023 as the revised introduction date for our controls regime, which will deliver on our promise to create the world’s best border on our shores,​ Rees-Mogg continued. 

“This new approach will apply equally to goods from the EU and goods from the rest of the world. It will be based on a proper assessment of risk, with a proportionate, risk-based and technologically advanced approach to controls.”