Government publishes updated GB-EU Border Operating Model – Government

  • The government yesterday published an updated version of its post-transition border plans for goods moving between the UK and EU from 1 January 2021.
  • The latest Border Operating Model includes the establishment of ten inland border sites and the requirement for hauliers to get a ‘Kent Access Permit’ before attempting to transport goods through Dover or Folkestone.
  • The government highlighted the following updates in the new paper for traders:
  1. Updates relating to controlled goods including products of animal, plants and fish and sanitary and phytosanitary controls
  2. Further detail on delayed customs declarations and the requirements of Entry in Declarants Records (EIDR)
  3. Further details regarding the approach to liabilities for intermediaries
  4. Information on what ‘poor compliance history’ means
  5. Clarity on guarantees and Duty Deferment Account requirements
  6. Bulk import reduced data set details
  7. The Smart Freight System has been renamed to “Check an HGV is Ready to Cross the Border”
  8. Updated annexes regarding Member State requirements

Time running out for deal as EU hints Boris Johnson’s deadline may need to flex – Independent

  • Brexit negotiators have renewed belief that the bloc’s leaders will be able to usher in an intense and decisive “tunnel” negotiation for the last weeks of October when they meet at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.
  • Michel Barnier, EU’s chief negotiator, has met his David Frost, UK’s chief negotiator, in London for the latest round of talks on their post-Brexit trading relationship.
  • Downing Street said the meeting had been “useful” and that  some “progress has been made in areas, however there still remains differences on some important issues”.
  • Informal discussions would resume in Brussels next week.
  • Michel Barnier, told member states that while a deal is possible, one is unlikely to be worked out in time for next week’s summit.
  • The EU are aware of the time pressures because of its central role in ratification, confirming that it could work with an agreement that arrived by the end of the month.

Brussels looks to divvy up old UK fishing rights in Brexit deal – FT

  • With fishing rights being one of the biggest sticking points in the Brexit negotiations and fishing rights enjoyed up to now by the UK in the residual EU EEZ are worth around a fifth of those enjoyed by the EU27 in UK waters, the EU are looking at how to compensate European fishermen that lose out from Brexit by handing them part of Britain’s old fishing rights in EU waters.
  • Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has urged EU governments this week to moderate their demands for retaining existing fishing quotas in British waters, warning them that they had to be realistic on what could be secured. 
  • The EU have emphasised the blow could be softened for France, Denmark, Belgium and other fishing nations by intelligently reallocating old British quotas in the EU’s post-Brexit exclusive fishing zone.
  • However for Britain this can cause a risk, depending on the EU’s priorities, particular British coastal communities could be hit. 
  • The proposed plans are a way of partially offsetting reduced opportunities to operate in British waters, showing that sacrifices are being made by the sectors on both sides of the English Channel.
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