Govt announces £705m to secure UK borders

The government is spending £705m on new border controls and staff as the UK prepares to fully leave the EU at the end of this year.

The money will be spent on border infrastructure, 500 more border force staff and new IT systems and technology.

The government claims the country’s border systems will be ‘fully operational’ from 31 December, when the UK is due to leave the Brexit transition period.