HMRC – adding it up.
The head of the HMRC has given his estimation to the Treasury Select Committee of the cost of border and tax checks post Brexit. Between five and eight hundred million pounds with the need for about 5000 additional staff.
Although there is no mention of Ireland in this report Ian Thompson’s view seems to make a nonsense of the Governments belief in a frictionless border especially when he says that in terms of Dover-Calais it would take just two hours of disruption for “everything to stop”.
He also points out that that it will take seven years to implement a new system involving around 130,000 new businesses. The Guardian points out that his comments come months after shipping, ports and business interests complained that the government wasn’t taking their concerns about Brexit gridlock seriously enough.