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Brexit border checks shelved until next year to avoid Christmas chaos


BREXIT border checks due next month have been shelved to avoid Christmas chaos.

Extra red tape on food and goods shipments from the continent will not start until next July.

Border checks due to be implemented next month have been shelved until July 2022 in a bid to avoid Christmas chaos

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Border checks due to be implemented next month have been shelved until July 2022 in a bid to avoid Christmas chaosCredit: Alamy

Firms shipping live animals, food, toys and electronics into Britain would’ve faced extra form-filling.

The move will ease supply chains but some firms said it meant being undercut by European rivals as the EU have full checks at their end.

Brexit minister Lord Frost said the delay lets firms “focus on recovery from the pandemic”.

Ministers insist customs controls will be applied from New Year’s Day as planned.

No10 chose to phase in Brexit red tape to give companies time to adapt to our new trading relationship with Europe.

In contrast the EU slapped British goods with the full range of checks from the moment we left on January 1.

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