Brexit: UK Border Management Issues

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Series Details July 2018
Publication Date July 2018
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After Brexit the United Kingdom would need to change the way it managed its borders, in particular with respect to EU citizens and to goods moving to and from the EU.

The UK currently operated a range of border controls:

+ passport and visa checks
+ customs controls for third country imports and export
+ food and plant safety and animal health checks
+ vehicle checks
+ security checks to tackle smuggling (including people smuggling) and other forms of crime.

This paper explained how the UK’s borders were managed at present and what further controls were likely to be needed after Brexit. Much would depend on the nature of the future relationship between the UK and the EU, and the extent to which it facilitated the movement of people and goods.

This paper was complementary to two further Senior European Experts papers

+ The UK and the EU Customs Unions: Issues & Questions.
+ Brexit: The Irish Dimension.

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ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union

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