About Prosperity UK's
Alternative Arrangements Commission

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

The Commission seeks 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 will work within the boundaries of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) and related instruments, and seeks 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 is 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 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement

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

Compatible with any of the EU-UK future relationship proposals

The Commission’s work seeks 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 will be compatible with any of the EU-UK future relationship proposals currently under consideration.

The Parliamentary Commission will work with a Technical Panel of customs, trade and legal experts who will focus on a number of workstreams. These will include, 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 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, and small traders. A full set of workstreams will be published shortly.

TECHNICAL PANEL

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

President

Nauset Global LLC

Christer Andersson

Independent International Customs Expert

Frank Dunsmuir

Industry Lead for Customs and Borders

Fujitsu

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

Dr Robert MacLean

Independent International Customs Lawyer

Hans Maessen

Independent Customs Advisor

Business & Government

Alan Oxley

Principal

ITS Global

Eduardo Perez-Motta

Advisory Board Member

American Antitrust Institute

Jennifer Powers

Associate

Competere

Bertrand Rager

Managing Director

CUSTAX & LEGAL

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

CEO

Competere

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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PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSION

The following are members of the commission:

Bim Afolami MP

Steve Baker MP

Lord Bew

Sir Graham Brady MP

Suella Braverman MP

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP

Rt Hon Steven Crabb MP

Rt Hon David Davis MP

Rt Hon Nigel Dodds MP

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP

George Eustice MP

Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP

Baroness Finn

Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA

Marcus Fysh MP

Mark Garnier MP

Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP

Lord Glasman

Luke Graham MP

Rt Hon Damian Green MP

 

Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

Kate Hoey MP

The Lord Hogan-Howe QPM

Lord Lamont of Lerwick

Lord Lilley

Emma Little Pengelly MP

Kit Malthouse MP

Lord Marland

Rt Hon Esther McVey MP

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

Chris Philp MP

Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

Lee Rowley MP

Lord Trimble

Shailesh Vara MP

Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

Charles Walker MP

Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise