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Brexit border food checks delayed again amid inflation fears


It has been reported that post-Brexit border checks on EU animal and plant products will be delayed again.

The new rules, which had been set to start from October, will be delayed again for fear of fueling inflation, according to the Financial Times.

The regime has been delayed several times. Goods exported from Britain to the EU are already subject to full controls.

The “driving force” behind the latest delay is “the need to reduce inflation,” the Financial Times reported, citing a government whistleblower.

Ministers are expected to confirm further details on the operating model for border targets soon.

The scheme was meant to start in July last year but was reportedly postponed over fears it would worsen the cost of living crisis.

The government announced in April that it would start from October this year and would be fully in place by the end of October 2024.

They claimed it would leave businesses £400m a year better off than they would have been with previous proposals.

It comes after it was revealed earlier this week that companies selling in the UK will be able to continue to use the ‘CE’ mark, which is for products that have been manufactured to EU standards.

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