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Alternative Arrangements Commission

The Alternative Arrangements Commission ran from April 22nd to October 18th 2019.
This page serves as an archive of our work, with links to the reports, recommendations, press releases articles produced by our Technical Panel. We hope that they provide a useful resource to policy makers, legislators and anyone engaged in the Brexit negotiations.

The Alternative Arrangements Commission was co-chaired by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP and Rt Hon Greg Hands MP.

The Commission sought to develop credible and practical Alternative Arrangements relating to the Irish Border that can be delivered in a timely fashion to ensure that the UK retains full flexibility in its future negotiations with the European Union.

Working within the boundaries of the Withdrawal Agreement

The Commission has worked within the boundaries of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and related instruments, and has sought to substantially deepen the work stream on Alternative Arrangements enshrined in the WA, to which both the UK and EU are now even further committed to through the March 2019 Strasbourg Joint Instrument. The Commission’s principal objective was to develop detailed proposals to avoid physical infrastructure at the border via “consideration of comprehensive customs cooperation arrangements, facilitative arrangements and technologies, ” as described within the Joint Instrument relating to the WA.

Protecting the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement

The Commission has looked at solutions that are both realistic and sustainable and recognise that their formulation and implementation will require the engagement of many stakeholders in the UK, Ireland and Europe. Key to the proposals is a commitment to protecting the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

Compatible with any of the EU-UK future relationship proposals

The Commission’s work was to seek to create further material for parliament to debate, to highlight to our European partners that there is an on-going parliamentary majority for the WA provided that a template for Alternative Arrangements can be agreed. It should be noted that the work of the Commission is compatible with any of the EU-UK future relationship proposals currently under consideration.

The Parliamentary Commission has worked with a Technical Panel of customs, trade and legal experts who have focused on a number of workstreams. These includes, non-exhaustively, key issues like borders and security, trusted trader programmes, technical checks in the areas of sanitary and phytosanitary issues, regulations and standards, financial arrangements, protection of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, and small traders.

To see a list of all the Alternative Arrangement Commission Reports and Articles click here

The Alternative Arrangements Commission Report: Getting a Brexit Deal

You can view a summary of our recommendations by clicking on the image below:


This report has been produced in several other languages:

Click her for French       Click here for German       Click here for Italian      Click here for Spanish

The Alternative Arrangements Commission Report & Protocols and Executive Summary

You can view and download the Report & Protocols and Executive Summary by clicking on the images below:




Members of the Technical Panel are independent experts who have been asked to provide technical advice to the Commission without favouring any political group or outcome:

Peter Allgeier


Nauset Global LLC

Christer Andersson

Independent International Customs Expert

Lord Bew


Rickie Cole

Business Development Manager - Governments and Institutions (GIS)

SGS United Kingdom

Frank Dunsmuir

Industry Lead for Customs and Borders


Dr Graham Gudgin

Centre of Business Research

University of Cambridge

Des Hiscock

Business Region United Kingdom/Ireland

KGH Customs

Lars Karlsson

Independent International Customs Expert

Iain Liddell

Group Managing Director, Founder and Owner

Uniserve Group

Dr Robert MacLean

Independent International Customs Lawyer

Hans Maessen

Independent Customs Advisor

Business & Government

Alan Oxley


ITS Global

Eduardo Perez-Motta

Advisory Board Member

American Antitrust Institute

Jennifer Powers



Bertrand Rager

Managing Director


Dr Srinivasa Rangan

Schoool of Strategy and Global Studies

Babson College, US

Razeen Sally

Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

University of Singapore

Shanker Singham



Sir Lockwood Smith

Former High Commissioner to the UK

Government of New Zealand

Tony Smith CBE

Global Expert

Border Management and Security

Dinesh Unadkat

Director - Customs & Excise Compliance

J D Consultants

John Weekes

Senior Business Adviser

Bennett Jones

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