Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Economy
I made a statement to the Senedd in January about UK Government’s plans for documentary, identity and physical checks on goods at border control posts from 1 July 2022, and how we planned to implement those in Wales.
Last night, I attended a meeting with UK and Devolved Government ministers, called at very short notice, at which we were informed that the UK Government would be making an announcement today to suspend the introduction of further border controls until the end of 2023. The UK Government expect a technology solution to be introduced at that point.
At this stage, I have no further detail, other than to refer members to the statement made in Westminster.
This announcement raises a number of questions, about biosecurity but also for exporters, which my officials will be pursuing urgently. I intend to make a further statement as soon as possible.