Here comes Brexit chaos
There’s a high delivery risk attached to the UK government’s ‘day one of no-deal Brexit’ due to their scale, complexity and urgency, warns the National Audit Office.
The agency points out that 11 of 12 major projects to replace or change key border systems are at risk of not being delivered on time and to acceptable quality. Also, infrastructure identified by government departments for enabling the tracking of goods cannot be built before March 2019, while the additional resources required to operate the border may also not be ready.
And businesses do not have enough time to make the changes that will be needed if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the NAO points out. “Although the government started publishing technical notices to help businesses and the public prepare for ‘no deal’ in August 2018, these may not contain sufficient detail to enable businesses to justify investment decisions,” it says.
“The government is putting in place coping responses where it can,” says the NAO. “How effective they will be remains to be seen.”
Last year, A UK parliamentary committee called the government’s plans to prepare the Border Force for Brexit ‘completely unconvincing’. It said freight and logistic companies fear a ‘nightmare scenario” and total chaos if significant time is not given to traders to transition to any new customs arrangements.