UK Government launches consultation on 2025 Border Strategy

The Government has launched a consultation on the 2025 UK Border Strategy. This consultation seeks the views and expertise of a range of organisations to help develop the 2025 UK Border Strategy, and ensure that Government and industry are able to work together to design the most effective and innovative border by 2025.

On December 31 2020 the UK transition period with the EU will end, and the UK will operate a full, external border as a sovereign nation.

Using the ideas gathered through the consultation the Government will publish a 2025 UK Border Strategy by the end of the year setting out a clear vision and roadmap that the Government and border industry, working together, can deliver.

The Government’s ambition is for a transformed border by 2025 that will deliver benefits including:

  • reducing administrative costs and burdens for traders to improve the end-to-end experience for those moving goods across the border
  • improving the experience of travellers, for example by using digital identification systems
  • improving how we protect the UK from those who may pose a risk to us, for example by deterring and disrupting organised crime and terrorism, identifying and preventing biosecurity threats, and preventing abuse of the migration system

Government will work with industry to build a more user-centric border, moving processes away from the border where appropriate and using digital systems to enable the swift  clearance of goods and people.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said: “On January 1 2021, we will have full control over our border for the first time in decades, and the freedom to design how it operates in order to deliver the greatest benefit for the UK.

“We are launching this consultation to draw upon the expertise of the UK border industry as we develop our strategy to build the world’s most effective and efficient border over the next five years.

“By taking advantage of our new independence, we will be able to get a proper grip on exactly who and what comes in and out of the country and give our dedicated Border Force personnel new tools to catch criminals, whilst improving the flow of goods to make the UK border the most effective in the world by 2025.

The consultation is open for six weeks and closes on 28 August.