Jones – NAO chief’s comments show Government’s plans are not up to scratch

The head of the National Audit Office has hit out at the Government’s failings over the Brexit process, especially on a new customs system, and shared his fears about "vague" exit plans in Whitehall.

Sir Amyas Morse said there was "very little flexibility" in plans for a new customs system, and that it would be a "horror show" if officials were forced to manually process imports and exports.

Commenting, Darren Jones MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said: 

“When somebody as independent and respected as the head of the National Audit Office is criticising the Government in these terms, it is clear something is going deeply wrong with the current approach to Brexit. 

“Sir Amyas Morse has been absolutely clear that the Government’s plans, especially on customs, are simply not up to scratch.

“Ministers must drop the dogma, focus on protecting jobs and our economy, and commit to keeping Britain in the Customs Union in some form after Brexit. Any other option will cause administrative chaos, putting exports and jobs at risk.”


Notes to editors:

Sir Amyas Morse’s embargoed comments are reported on the PA wire here: