British ports set for £700million upgrade with more guards & high-tech scanners for Brexit

A £705million upgrade of ports will bolster our borders for Brexit.

Hubs will get 500 more guards, new control posts, computer systems and high-tech camera scanners.

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Britain takes back control in 172 days and Cabinet Office supremo Michael Gove said work on the overhaul will start now “with or without further agreement with the EU”.

Critics say UK borders are porous but Mr Gove said the changes will make them the most secure in the world within four years. The Government has bought 27 acres of land 20 miles from Dover to build a huge new customs clearance centre for the 10,000 lorries a day arriving from Europe.

Across the UK, £470million will be used to build port and inland infrastructure so new procedures can be enforced.

Mr Gove said: “We are taking back control of our borders. This £705million will ensure that the necessary infrastructure, tech and border personnel are in place.” 

The Sun Says

IT IS vital that Britain can robustly police its borders when we fully leave EU rules in less than six months.

So we applaud Michael Gove for injecting new cash to ensure they will be safe and secure as we take back control.

He is pledging £705million to beef up the staffing and technology needed to manage migration and trade — EU deal or no deal.

Eurocrats fuming over Brexit are unlikely to make life easy after we go. So the Government must do all it can to minimise red tape faced by hard-working businesses.

Mr Gove says our EU exit will offer “significant opportunities” that we must seize.

Too right, Cabinet Minister.

And one is fixing the broken immigration system.

Priti Patel is spot on when she says we must attract the brightest and best regardless of where they are from.

Highly skilled migrants will be crucial in helping the economy bounce back after the battering of coronavirus.

But Britain will be in the driving seat for the first time in decades, and able to protect jobs at home too.

Frustratingly, even the new points-based system will not plug all the loopholes, as the Home Secretary knows.

Today we report on the scandal of a Turkish crime boss who cannot be deported even though he is from outside the EU.

Ms Patel believes he represents a “serious threat to public security”.

But judges apparently blocked her order because the villain is married to an EU citizen with residency rights in the UK.

This kind of deadlock will anger all those who voted for Brexit.

Taking back control should include the power to kick out such dangerous crooks.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will on Monday send a clear message to the world that Britain is ready to welcome the best and brightest global talent when the Brexit process is completed. Ms Patel will say: “The British people voted to take back control of our borders and introduce a new points-based immigration system.

“Now we have left the EU, we are free to unleash this country’s full potential and implement the changes we need to restore trust in the immigration system and deliver a new fairer, firmer, skills-led system from 1 January 2021.

“Britain is open for business and ready to welcome the best and brightest global talent.”

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