LONDON | The british government has decided to impose border controls less stringent than expected, with the european Union, following a Brexit, in order to not too penalize the companies, who are already victims of the economic effects of the pandemic coronavirus, report of the media Friday.
The United Kingdom had planned to introduce controls on goods imported to the Eu from 2021 onwards, at the end of the transition period, post-Brexit, which ends at the end of December. The purpose of these controls was to “keep our borders safe” and “treating on an equal footing,” the countries with which trade in the United Kingdom, had explained the government in February.
But according to the Financial Times, a “temporary scheme more light” is provided for the goods imported from the EU at the ports of entry such as Dover, that whether or not there is an agreement with the european Union. On the other hand, it is always intended that the goods exported from the Uk in the EU are subject to comprehensive controls.
“We are aware of the impact that the sars coronavirus has had on british companies, and when we resume control of our laws and our borders at the end of this year, we will adopt a pragmatic, flexible approach to help companies adapt to the changes and opportunities of being outside the single market and the customs union,” said a government source to AFP.
The United Kingdom is negotiating with the european Union to define their commercial relations at the end of the transition period, discussions that are so far in the standoff. These negotiations are set to intensify to try to find an agreement in time, the british government is refusing categorically to extend the transition period.
Without agreement, the only rules of the world trade Organization (WTO), with their high tariffs, would apply to commercial relations between the former partners.
A virtual meeting at the summit will be held on Monday between the prime minister, Boris Johnson and european leaders.
Second country, the more grief-stricken in the world by the pandemic, with over 41 000 deaths, the United Kingdom has also suffered the brunt of its economic impact. The GDP collapsed by 20.4 % in April, the first full month of the containment set up on 23 march for the stem, announced on Friday the Office for national statistics (ONS).
The country is gradually emerging of the restrictions put in place, with the reopening Monday of all businesses, but the pubs and restaurants remain closed.