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Customs and Immigration Controls: Calais

Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN HL11039, tabled on 25 October 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what contingency plans are in place regarding customs and immigration arrangements at Calais in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Answered on

8 November 2018

The government does not want or expect a no deal outcome. In any scenario, the government’s objective is to ensure that movement through ports is as frictionless as possible.

In the unlikely event we do not reach an agreement with the EU, HMRC will continue to apply an automated, risk-based approach to customs checks. This means any increase in the number of checks will be kept to a minimum. For passengers travelling to the UK from Calais, Border Force will continue to carry out security and identity checks on 100 per cent of passengers. While the EU may choose to impose third country controls it is not clear how soon these would come into effect.