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Create up to ten freeports around the UK

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As part of our commitment to making the most of the opportunities of Brexit, and levelling up the nation, we will create up to ten freeports around the UK, benefiting some of our most deprived communities.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.57

Our verdict

  • This is a pledge to create ten special zones, known as ‘freeports’, with customs rules which are different to those in the rest of the UK.
  • At the time of writing, the government is conducting a consultation on this proposal, with a closing date of 13 July 2020.
  • The consultation is a first step towards fulfilling this promise, so this policy is currently ‘in progress’.

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