France prepares customs agency for hard Brexit

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France prepares customs agency for hard Brexit


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French customs are preparing for a hard Brexit; the agency is about to hire 95 border guards, which will bring the total number to 250.

The posts advertised are exclusively focused on the borders with the UK, that is, the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and in Metz, Normandy, near Calais. The head of the French customs agency, Rodolphe Gintz, described the hiring process as “fast-track.”

The UK is not a member of the Schengen zone. However, France is also preparing for the high probability that the UK will no longer be a member of the Single Market and the Customs’ Union. That means EU member states will have to reintroduce custom checks and import duties.

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