UK earmarks 705 million pounds for enhancing EU border infrastructure
LONDON (UK) – UK will spend as much as 705 million pounds ($890 million) on enhancing border infrastructure. This is to help keep trade flowing after its exit deal with the European Union expires at the end of the year, said Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove on Sunday.
The funds include 470 million pounds to build port and inland infrastructure, including in the south-east of England for major freight crossings to France.
“There will be specific pieces of infrastructure that we put in place in order to smooth the flow of traffic,” Gove said.
The UK, which is still holding discussions with the EU about a post-Brexit trade agreement, said it would shortly set out in detail how the British-EU border would operate.
Asked whether the country’s borders would be ready and secure by the end of the year, Gove said they would be.
“I am absolutely certain that everything that we do is compliant with the law, indeed is designed to ensure that we can not just comply with the law and keep people safe, but also facilitate trade as well,” he said.
He said there had been “movement” in the discussions between Britain and the EU about a post-transition trade pact.
“There are hopeful signs, but I wouldn’t want to be over-enthusiastic,” he said.
“We will be saying more about how we are going to implement the Northern Ireland protocol later this month,” Gove said.
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