• UK plans to introduce border controls on EU goods after post-Brexit transition (Reuters)
  • Britain plans to introduce import controls on European Union goods at the border after its post-Brexit transition period ends on Dec. 31 this year, senior minister Michael Gove said on Monday.
  • “The UK will be outside the single market and outside the customs union, so we will have to be ready for the customs procedures and regulatory checks that will inevitably follow,” Gove said in a speech at a Border Delivery Group event on Monday, according to extracts provided by the government.
  • The government said all UK exports and imports would be treated equally, with traders in Britain and the EU having to submit customs declarations and be liable to checks on goods.
  • Plans put in place to ease the flow of goods in the event of a no-deal Brexit would not be reintroduced.
  • UK hopes to have freeports up and running next year (Reuters)
  • Britain plans to announce the location of up to 10 post-Brexit freeports by the end this year so they can begin operating in 2021, the government said on Sunday.
  • The government has launched a 10-week consultation setting out its plans for the freeports, or free trade zones. Once the consultation is completed, sea, air and rail ports will be able to bid for freeport status.
  • Freeports are areas where imported goods can be held or processed free of customs duties before being exported again. They can also be used to import raw materials and make finished goods for export.
  • The government said it was considering tax measures aimed at increasing investment in infrastructure, construction and machinery in freeports to raise productivity. It could also use tax changes to reduce the costs of hiring workers in freeport sites, it said.
  • Freeports could be used to trial customs, transport and green technologies, before they are adopted more widely across the economy, the government said.
  • The public consultation, which closes on 20 April 2020, can be accessed here.
  • EU, UK to seek North Sea offshore wind cooperation in post-Brexit talks (MLEX)
  • EU and UK energy companies harnessing wind to produce power in the North Sea will see negotiators address the post-Brexit cooperation process in upcoming trade talks, a European Commission spokesperson said today.
  • The UK has been formally excluded from participating in meetings held by a group of countries to boost the deployment of renewable energy in the North Sea, but it hopes to continue cooperating with these countries through other channels.