Holyhead truck stop workers facing redundancy could be first in queue for new HMRC facility jobs

Holyhead truck stop staff facing redundancy as UK Government secures the Roadking site for a new post-Brexit customs post could be first in line for jobs at the new facility. The government had been desperately hunting for a suitable location after proposals for a customs HGV facility near Llangefni were thrown out by planners. North Wales Live revealed that due to this, traffic coming into Holyhead from Dublin was set to be directed to interim sites in Birmingham and Warrington for customs checks.

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This week the Roadking truck stop in Holyhead was confirmed as the new local location – with a deal due to be signed off in the coming days.

Around 24 staff there have already been told they face redundancy due to the move. Now Ynys Mon MP Virginia Crosbie says HMRC are “committed to considering” those workers for new roles at the customs facility. It is understood up to 120 staff could be based at a new customs site.

She said: “HMRC are in discussions with the Welsh Government and Roadking to purchase the site for use as an Inland Clearance location, which would be prepared for use in line with the staged introduction of full border controls in 2021.

Ynys Mon MP Virginia Crosbie

“I understand some staff have been given notice of redundancy, and would be committed to considering any current employee at Roadking for roles, if they wished to apply. “From January 2021, HMRC is putting in place temporary arrangements to support Common Transit Convention movements through Holyhead. “For July 2021, there needs to be a multi-functional site dealing with transit, customs and SpS checks to serve Holyhead.”

Holyhead truck stop workers facing redundancy could be first in queue for new HMRC facility jobs

The transition period comes to an end on December 31 – after which customs checks will be required on goods moving between the UK and the EU.

There is a phased approach to implementation with “controlled” goods like alcohol and tobacco in phase one on January 1. From July all goods will be subjected to customs declarations at the point of importation and relevant tariffs applied. These will be decided by the ongoing talks over a potential trade deal.

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Rhun ap Iorwerth had called for the customs post for Holyhead but says that should be on a new site.

Mr ap Iorwerth said: “I was certainly not asking for a Holyhead custooms point to take over Roadking, and my thoughts go out to those who I understand have been told they’re losing their jobs there. They must be supported now.

“I wanted that truck stop and campaigned for action to stop nuisance parking by lorries in and around Holyhead. “We need that more than ever, and if Roadking goes, we’ll need another truck stop!

It’s more UK Government Brexit chaos.”

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