UK to spend $890 million on EU border infrastructure



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UK to spend $890 million on EU border infrastructure

United Kingdom, which had divorced itself from the bloc earlier this year under the leadership of PM Boris Johnson, had been brewing off an option to spend as many as $890 million or £707 million on border infrastructures aimed at keeping the trade routes flowing following expiration of its transition deal with EU at end-2020, the British Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove said in an interview with the BBC on Sunday.

Nonetheless, latest remarks from the British Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove on a spendthrift Government spending policy to reform the EU border infrastructures comes over the heels of a leaked letter from Gove’s cabinet colleague International Trade Secretary Liz Truss published by the Business Insider earlier that voiced sheer concern and legal challenges to the $890 million border reform proposal, while Truss had also added that the project might not be completed in time.

£705 million border infrastructure includes £470 million to build ports and inland holdings

Meanwhile, adding that the proposed EU border infrastructure funding would include a hefty upsum of £470 million to build inland holdings alongside ports in the South-east England aimed at serving the major crossings routes to France, Gove said to BBC’s Andrew Marr, “There will be specific pieces of infrastructure that we put in place in order to smooth the flow of traffic”.

In tandem, while being asked about the leaked letter from Truss, Gove said, “I am absolutely certain that everything that we do is compliant with the law, indeed is designed to ensure that we cannot just comply with the law and keep people safe, but also facilitate trade as well.

There are hopeful signs, but I wouldn’t want to be over-enthusiastic”. Nonetheless, despite the strident tone of Britain’s Cabinet Secretary, scepticisms had been looming large over possibilities of reaching a post-Brexit trade deal, while the legal challenges appeared to be lurking over the horizons as well, since the EU Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen was quoted saying earlier last month that there would not be any extension of transition period, leaving the ambiguity wide open while UK could witness a no-deal Brexit unless it could reach a EU deal by the end of 2020.