UK Policy Paper – Future Customs Arrangements

This Government Policy Paper discusses options for new customs arrangements between the UK and the EU in a future partnership following Brexit and was issued by HM Treasury and the Department for Exiting the European Union. It was released on 15 August 2017.

As we leave the European Union and therefore the EU Customs Union, the Government seeks a new customs arrangement that facilitates the freest and most frictionless trade possible in goods between the UK and the EU, and allows the UK to forge new trade relationships with its partners in Europe and around the world.

The paper details the Government’s aspirations for the UK’s future customs arrangements.

The Government is seeking to establish a new customs arrangement between the UK and the EU following Brexit, that removes the need for a UK-EU customs border.

They are also suggesting an interim period be established for a limited time following Brexit, in order to fully implement any new system and minimise existing trading arrangements. During an interim period, the UK would continue to seek trade agreements with other countries, but be dependent on the terms negotiated for the interim agreement.

The paper includes proposals that to minimise disruption to trade across the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and ensure it as seamless and frictionless as possible.

More detail is available in the paper at