Post-Brexit border controls delayed again in the UK

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The UK government has opted to postpone essential health and safety checks for EU imports due to anticipated “significant disruption” as post-Brexit border controls are initiated. The Financial Times disclosed that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) acknowledged issues within its import registration systems that could lead to excessive inspections and potentially clogging ports.

Consequently, Defra plans to temporarily disable aspects of its risk management system shortly before its implementation. Although the duration of this suspension remains unclear, a phased activation strategy for various product categories has been suggested. This decision has sparked criticism and demands for transparent communication from Defra, particularly among business circles. Comments on social media have also reflected frustration, with Brexit being labeled as poorly executed by several individuals.


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