The UK government is providing 705 million pounds (about 790 million euros) to prepare the UK’s borders for Brexit. Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove announced the package on Sunday after a meeting of Cabinet ministers.
Around €500 million is earmarked for the construction of ports and infrastructure in port areas such as roads leading to the port in the south-east of England. This will allow freight traffic to continue with France.
The UK will set up more border posts and will recruit 500 new border guards. New equipment is also being invested in existing border posts.
“We will invest in specific infrastructure so that imports and exports can continue to run smoothly,” said Gove, who also said there was “movement” in the Brexit negotiations.
Northern Ireland’s borders, a major stumbling block in the negotiations, are particularly important. Gove expects to announce more details later this month.
The UK’s transitional arrangement with the European Union ends on 31 December. The British Government has already announced that this deadline will not be extended, although no agreement has yet been reached.