Are the UK Border IT systems ready for a no-deal BREXIT?

Posted 04.03.2019 in News by Sue Grewcock

A report in the Guardian last week stated that 6 out of the 8 critical IT systems that allowed the UK borders to function are in danger of not being ready for a no-deal Brexit.

The National Audit Office concluded that with it only now being a matter of days before the UK is due to leave the EU, the readiness of UK’s businesses are a “red-rated” risk if the government crashes out of Europe.

Meg Hillier, the chair of the committee, said serious questions remained about whether the UK would be prepared at the border, and what this would mean for individuals and businesses.

“It is alarming that six of the eight critical IT systems needed are in danger of not being ready in time and that government assesses readiness of traders as one of its most significant risks,” she said.

The report examined eight systems at the border across departments including HM Revenue and Customs, Defra, the Food Standards Agency and the Department for International Trade.

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