‘Waste of everyone’s time’: New government video sets out Brexit paperwork mountain

Guide makes mockery of Boris Johnson’s 2020 claim that UK and EU would ‘do even more business’

Rob Merrick
Deputy Political Editor
Tuesday 19 July 2022 16:30 BST
Cabinet Office publishes video describing Brexit red tape

A new government video explains the costly and time-consuming barriers that must be overcome to trade with the EU since Brexit – running to three-and-a-half minutes.

The mountain of paperwork required – as the price for leaving the EU single market and customs union – takes in form-filling, recruiting a customs agent and meeting rules of origin.

The video lists around 15 stages to go through in order for “Edward to sell thousands of pounds worth of glassware to Elise’s shop in France”, a frictionless process before Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

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