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Boris Johnson has told the public to "prepare" for the end of the year Brexit Transitional period with the EU. When asked about the Brexit, which may drive costs up, the Prime Minister told Sky News: "I think one of the amazing things in the past few months, the entire COVID crisis, is that all of these issues are very relativized become."
"Actually, I don't think I would have ever thought that the so-called project fear of Brexit would ever happen as some people did."
“I think there are great opportunities for this country to do things differently and better, but of course we have to prepare for the end of the transition period in December and January and do it.
"We only say that there will be changes, people should get ready, but there will also be great opportunities for this country."
Over £ 700m is spent on building new infrastructure, hiring staff and developing technology to ensure that Britain's border systems are fully operational when the UK leaves the EU by the end of the year.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said the big investment would ensure that traders and the border industry will be able to "manage the changes and take advantage of the opportunities" when the transition period ends in December.
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The £ 705m package includes £ 235m for personnel and IT systems and £ 470m for port and inland infrastructure to ensure compliance with new customs procedures and controls.
A new border infrastructure is being built inland, with no space in the ports, while the ports will receive one-off financial support to ensure that the right infrastructure is in place.
Funding relates only to the implementation of the UK-EU border and the government is expected to publish specific guidance and measures for Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.
Mr. Gove said: “We are taking control of our borders back and leaving the internal market and customs union at the end of this year, which brings both changes and significant opportunities that we all need to prepare for.
“That is why we are announcing this large investment package today.
“That is why we are announcing this large investment package today."With or without further agreement with the EU, this £ 705m will ensure that the necessary infrastructure, technology and border personnel are in place so that our traders and the border industry are able to handle the changes and take advantage of the opportunities that arise we have foundations for the most effective and safest border in the world. "
The transition period ends in late December 2020 when the United Kingdom leaves the single market and customs union.
The funding package is ahead of a public information campaign advising dealers and carriers on what they may need to do to prepare for the end of the transition period.
Mr Gove said that a trade deal with the EU is "making progress" but that there are still differences between the two sides.
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He insisted that Britain's borders would be ready by the end of the transition period, despite concerns from International Trade Secretary Liz Truss.
Mr. Gove told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “Everyone in the government wants to make sure that our exit from the European Union is a success.
"And whether or not we conclude a Canadian-style trade agreement with the EU in the course of the negotiations we are conducting, we will be both outside the internal market and outside the customs union, whatever may come.
"And that means companies have to take some steps and the government certainly has to take some steps to make sure we're ready, and that's the basis for today's announcement."