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Government releases 2025 Border Strategy Document

On 17 December 2020 HM Government (HMG) released its 2025 Border Strategy document, which outlines its intentions for modernising the UK frontier.

In many ways the document builds on the work done by the Border Protocol Delivery Group and the two editions of the Border Operating Model.

BIFA has certain concerns with regards to the document but welcomes it as a starting point for the discussions with Government on this long-term project which we must hope will assist improving frontier activities, and the United Kingdom competitiveness in world markets.

The 2025 UK Border Strategy sets out HMGs vision for the UK border to be the most effective in the world. A border which embraces innovation, simplifies processes for traders and travellers and improves the security and biosecurity of the UK.

The purpose of the strategy is to set out:

  • HMGs approach to working in partnership with the border industry and users of the border to design, deliver and innovate around the border

  • A┬álong-term Target Operating Model (TOM) for the border that describes the border we are intending to create

  • The major transformations that government and industry will need to deliver by 2025 and beyond to implement the Target Operating Model.

The strategy sets out six transformations that government proposes to implement across the UK border and a series of cross-cutting, multi-year programmes that government will take forward in partnership with stakeholders.

This list of programmes includes:

  • The development of a Single Trade Window, to create a single gateway for all data from traders into government

  • Implementation of an Electronic Travel Authorisation to speed passenger journeys through ports

  • A major review of the agencies and checks that occur at the border, to rationalise these wherever possible.

Underpinning this will be a new design authority for the border that will bring together all public sector bodies who design and deliver the border across the UK Government and the devolved administrations, with expert insight from industry, to take a coordinated approach to border design going forward.

The full text of the document can be viewed at: 2025 UK Border Strategy

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