Tuesday 1 December 2020 / 12:05 AM Rachel Reeves

Rachel Reeves responds to Gov’t launch of 24/7 Border Operations Centre

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, commenting on the government’s newest “No time to lose” before end of Brexit transition period announcement, and the launch of the 24/7 Border Operations Centre, said:

“Once again, this government is putting the burden on businesses to prepare for the end of the transition period, when it has not explained what it is those businesses are getting ready for. Is it for tariffs or no tariffs with the EU?

“The government is rebadging a basic element of preparation but still can’t tell us how many customs agents are recruited or trained or whether crucial IT is ready.

“With glaring questions like these still unanswered, this government must do much more than just ‘demand action’ from UK businesses, already under huge pressure from the pandemic – and instead provide them with some much needed answers.”