December 1, 2019

Brexit is a once in a generation opportunity to strengthen our border security

Brexit provides a once in a generation opportunity to strengthen the security of the UK border. Once we have left the EU we will be free of EU customs union and free movement rules. These rules have made it easier for illicit goods such as drugs, guns and explosive precursors, as well as illegal immigrants and terrorists to enter the UK, as well as costing the Treasury an estimated £5 billion each year due to excise, customs and tariff evasion.

Five key changes a majority Conservative Government would make if elected after we have left the EU:

  1. Introduce collection of pre-arrival goods data to stop smuggling and reduce £5 billion revenue leakage – this is on top of £20 million pledged to improve security, and additional Border Force recruitment
  2. Power to stop EU criminals at the border once we have ended free movement
  3. Stop use of European ID cards that are regularly used fraudulently given their insecurity vs. passports
  4. Count people in and out so that we know who and how many people are in the country, and to identify individuals who have breached the terms of their visa and restrict illegal immigration
  5. Introduce Electronic Travel Authorisation to provide an enhanced ability to screen arrivals and block threats from entering the UK

Commenting, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel said:

“When people voted to leave in 2016 they were voting to take back control of our borders. After Brexit we will introduce an Australian-style points based immigration system and take steps to strengthen our border and improve the security of the UK.
“The consequence of EU law limiting our border capability is brought home to me every day. It is a sad fact that drugs and guns reach our streets from Europe, fuelling violence and addiction. People traffickers don’t think twice about risking people’s lives for profit. And most shockingly of all we know that terrorists have been able to enter the country by exploiting free movement.
“I am committed to doing everything we can to secure the border and protect the UK.”
Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)