UK revenue and customs is looking for £7.3 million to upgrade it technology in order to avoid huge tailbacks at UK ports due to Brexit. The agency’s chief executive, Jon Thompson, says while he is fairly confident its new IT system would be up and running in January 2019, the back-up was not fully-funded.
He cautiously told the UK parliamentary public accounts committee, “I would never give a guarantee that an IT system will work until after. It’s the way technology is.”
“A no-deal Brexit risks plunging our customs system into chaos, with queues of lorries backing up at our ports, bureaucratic chaos for British businesses and a hard border in Northern Ireland,” said opposition MP Stephen Doughty.
In a recent, report the Institute for Government accused the government of leaning on outmoded technological solutions to help it after Brexit. It estimates that a departure from the EU will need a system capable of processing an estimated 200 million additional declarations annually.
Image: Steve Mullins