Oct 16, 2019

Criminals 'could exploit' no-deal Brexit gaps

Organised criminals could exploit gaps in the UK's border preparations in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a government spending watchdog has warned. The government spending watchdog said that the government had made progress with putting in place the systems, infrastructure and resources required to manage the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Despite this, the government had been unable to mitigate the most "Significant risks" to the effective functioning of the UK border in the event of no deal, it said. Although the government had made contingency plans in the event that the UK left the European Union without a deal on 29 March, the watchdog said that some of those plans had not been updated since. "Preparing the UK border for EU exit with or without a deal is extremely complex and has required a huge amount of work from many government departments, agencies and third parties such as traders."

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