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£4.7bn spent on EU border checks but some costs 'unnecessary' and timetable unclear (Sky)


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The phased approach to implementing Brexit-related checks along with the loss of access to EU surveillance and alert systems means the UK is at "increased biosecurity risk" of "impending dangers", says the NAO.

Traders are facing increased costs and more paperwork due to Brexit border controls, according to a new report from the independent public spending watchdog.

The government is estimated to have spent £4.7bn so far but some of that spending was not necessary, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.

Despite the UK voting to leave the European Union in 2016 - and officially exiting in 2020 - many border control checks are yet to be implemented.

It is "not clear" when the checks will be fully in place, said Parliament's spending authority in its trade border report, and there is no timetable for government to achieve its "world's most effective border" target.

£4.7bn spent on EU border checks but some costs 'unnecessary' and timetable unclear, says new National Audit Office report | Business News | Sky News

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