British ports say they are not ready for Brexit customs checks


Construction only just started at the key livestock port of Portsmouth, while the facility at Dover is just ‘a muddy field’

A string of British ports are urging the government to delay the next wave of Brexit red tape, saying that border checkposts will not be ready for the July deadline, while inland customs facilities being built are also behind schedule.

With the Brexit minister, Lord Frost, reportedly considering reviewing plans for full customs checks on all imported goods, pressure is building on ministers to push back their deadlines, and set out measures for scaling back controls.

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