Chris Evans, the Member of Parliament for Islwyn, has warned that the government’s approach to UK borders after Brexit is risky following a new report from the Public Accounts Committee.
According to a report published today by the influential committee, of which Mr Evans is a member, assumptions made by the government that border activity will remain unchanged immediately post-Brexit is risky.
The report also raises concern that government departments are relying too much on a negotiated transition period. This comes despite there being no guarantees of any transition period or exit deal.
Members of the Committee have recommended that by March 2018 the Border Planning Group should provide evidence that its assumptions are realistic, and by June 2018 the group should produce plans for managing the UK border in the event of a no-deal scenario.
Mr Evans said: ‘I am deeply concerned by the planning and handling of the UK borders after Brexit. Too many risky assumptions are being made which could well prove to be unfounded or unrealistic.
‘Hundreds of millions of people, and half a billion tons of freight, crossed the border last year. It is vital that the government and other public agencies responsible for managing it have a plan for what to do in the event of a worst-case scenario of a no deal Brexit with no transition.
‘If the government falls into the trap of wishful thinking, the UK could be exposed to considerable further risks and uncertainty once the UK leaves the EU. I strongly encourage the government to follow the recommendations the committee have made in the report.’