Umunna – Throwing open the borders would be biggest breach of Brexit promises yet

Last night, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the Government had no intention of applying border checks at Dover if Britain leaves the EU.

This morning Sky News have reported that the Government have used gagging orders on companies to keep these plans secret up to now.


Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said: 

“It is extraordinary that a Government that says it aims to ‘take back control’ has admitted it is not even going to try to control the transfer of goods across our borders.

“This is another broken promise from the referendum, but it is the most serious yet.

“If it becomes a ‘third country’ outside the EU's Customs Union, the UK will almost certainly be under legal obligations to mount customs checks at its border, but Chris Grayling and other ministers are simply saying they will ignore the law and any obligations.

“What signal does it send to anyone considering a trade deal with Britain? Who will be willing to make a deal with a country that says it is its policy not to enforce international law?

“And what would it mean for safety and security? The prospect of leaving the EU has already opened up opportunities for smugglers to make money out of differing tax and duty rates: making it clear we won’t even try to enforce the law threatens to give smugglers a free hand.”