The Cabinet Minister will travel to Northern Ireland today where he will announce the new digital system in order to stop the creation of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the south. In order to maintain smooth trade, Mr Gove will announce funding of up to £200million for the operation of a Trade Support Service system. This system will become operational in September and is expected to help stop any new administrative burdens for many companies. Mr Gove will also announce a new £155million package designed to fund the development of new technology to implement the process online.
Brexit talks will resume later this month as the two sides push to come to an agreement ahead of the autumn.
Ahead of the talks, International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss has been locked in negotiations with Japanese officials over a free trade agreement with the country.
Officials from Japan arrived on Thursday to thrash out a deal which will look to boost pork and automobile parts exports from the UK.
Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan’s Foreign Minister, has pushed to expedite the deal as quickly as possible in order for it be ratified by the Japanese Parliament in time for next January.
However, Tokyo has demanded a cut on tariffs for Japanese cars while the UK wants better access for financial services and agriculture.
7.33am update: Michael Gove to unveil new digital customs system
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove and Northern Ireland Secretary, Brandon Lewis will travel to Belfast today to unveil a new £355million system to help enable smooth trade from goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.
To stop the creation of a hard border on the island of Ireland, a £200million Trader Support Service system will be launched.
A further £155million will be available for technology investment when the process is online in September.
It is hoped the new system will remove many administrative burdens for companies post-Brexit.