Michael Gove has told businesses that trade with Europe they need to prepare for ‘significant change’ with ‘inevitable’ border checks for ‘almost everybody’ who imports from the EU from next year.
He told business leaders that the increase in bureaucracy and cost, and subsequent loss of profit is a ‘victory for democracy.’ Mr Gove said it was ‘the will of the people’ that UK business should be disrupted for a period of up to 5 years and that the government plan to make arrangements for ‘some sort of proper system at some point in the next decade or so’ to ease the pressure on business.
He warned there would be checks on food and goods of animal origin, plus customs declarations and mandatory safety and security certificates required for all imports.
‘Frictionless trade is a thing of the past.’ He said. ‘It’s the old way of doing things and it has no place in the modern world.’ He went on to say that just because ‘some other countries want to benefit from a straightforward trading relationship based on quality assurance and keeping prices down for consumers’, that Britain should not be ‘held back’ and should ‘forge on’ with its own ‘pissing in the wind’ style of trading.
Gove warned delegates it could take five years to get a smart border involving online processes up and running.
As there are lots of ‘hoops to jump through’ and ‘backhanders to sort out’ before the government can make any decisions on what the smart border should look like.
A government statement said, ‘policy easements put in place for a potential no-deal exit will not be reintroduced.’
A spokesman said, ‘These were essential when we didn’t have a massive majority, but these days we can pretty much do what we want and don’t really have to pander to any common sense approaches that might be on the table.’