Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had his long-awaited summit meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli.
As we reported in Government likely to ease controls on EU imports, the Cabinet Office has confirmed that border controls for EU goods imported into Great Britain will be introduced at the end of transition period in stages. This will, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said, give businesses affected by coronavirus more time to prepare.
Press reports suggest that plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020 are being modified in the face of continued pressure from business and trade groups, who argue that they cannot be ready for such changes by the end of the year.
On 4 June, the Government announced that trade credit insurance, which provides essential cover to hundreds of thousands of business-to-business transactions, will receive up to £10 billion of guarantees.
Parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the furlough scheme even after the 10 June cut-off date, the Treasury has announced. This also includes adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement leave.
The Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed concerns that the Cabinet Office will not have the capability to successfully deliver campaign messages on preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period at the same time as delivering the major public health campaign on Covid-19, concluding that the campaign will crowd out messages on what needs to be done.