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New post-Brexit customs checks introduced on January 1 appear to have been rolled out seamlessly with minimal disruption, Richard Ballantyne, chief executive of the British Ports Association, declared. There had been concerns about the rule changes resulting in lorries being turned away at ports such as Folkestone and Dover – but Mr Ballantyne suggested these were unfounded.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “Although it has been a fairly quiet start to the year in terms of traffic, traders appear to be following the new rules and the systems seem to be working.”

Mr Ballantyne explained that “officials appear to be cautiously optimistic about the new arrangements” although there were “some isolated instances of minor errors with customs paperwork”.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) HMRC said the new controls were “rolled out in line with our expectations and plans”.

Nevertheless, James Sibley of the Federation of Small Businesses suggested problems could still emerge.

He said: “We would expect problems to start being reported as the month goes on really, as X supplier from the EU got the paperwork wrong, or they’re not able to provide the right data.”

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Boris launches scathing attack on Remainer double standards – PM erupts in VAT Brexit rant

Boris Johnson erupted at Remain voters who he accused of double standards for blaming Brexit for energy price rises.

Responding to a question from The Sun’s political editor Harry Cole at a press conference on Tuesday, who pushed Mr Johnson on claims that Brexit would mean Britain could scrap VAT on energy prices, Mr Johnson said it was “paradoxical” that such a move could ever be achieved if Britain remained in the European Union.

Despite his comments, he did not offer to scrap the unpopular tax.

In an article Mr Johnson wrote in the Sun newspaper in 2016, he said that if Britain left the EU “energy bills will be lower for everyone, EU rules mean we cannot take VAT off those bills and hit the least wealthy particularly hard.”

Brexit hysteria grips Germany as newspaper gloats ‘English Channel is wider and UK poorer’

Brexit hysteria has gripped Germany once again as a leading publication pores over the year since the UK left the EU.

Great Britain is “poorer” and the channel is “wider” since the nation left the European Union, according to German publication Der Standard.

The gloating article examines a series of issues that have been at play since Britain officially left the bloc a year ago.

Der Standard’s London correspondent, Sebastian Borger, told his readers that the new trading rules meant “nothing good” for Britons.

Ports rejoice over seamless border checks


Project Fear claims of New Year chaos at Britain’s borders have proven to be little more than a damp squib, a port boss has said.

New post-Brexit customs checks introduced on January 1 appear to have been rolled out seamlessly with minimal disruption, Richard Ballantyne, chief executive of the British Ports Association, declared.

There had been concerns about the rule changes resulting in lorries being turned away at ports such as Folkestone and Dover – but Mr Ballantyne suggested these were unfounded.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “Although it has been a fairly quiet start to the year in terms of traffic, traders appear to be following the new rules and the systems seem to be working.”

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