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Head of UK border body to address Northern Ireland businesses

The head of a government body set up to plan how the border will operate after Brexit will address hundreds of Northern Irish businesses in Belfast this morning.

Karen Wheeler, the director general of the UK Border Delivery Group (BDG), is among the main speakers at a Brexit advice event in Titanic Belfast, organised by the NI Chamber, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors and Invest NI.

The BDG was initially set up as the Border Planning Group in March 2017, before changing its name in April 2018.

Last October the National Audit Office revealed the BDG only began detailed work on the Irish border in July 2018.

According to the Government, Ms Wheeler's role involves co-ordinating and ensuring "all the work which is necessary to ensure UK borders continue to be effective and efficient" as it leaves the EU.

Her remit is to "continue to protect security, revenue and facilitate all cross-border traffic and trade", and to lead and co-ordinate the longer term work towards delivering a more frictionless border after Brexit.

Today's event will offer businesses the chance to take part in Brexit advice clinics, which will be led by experts in customs, logistics, tax, supply chain, data and employment.

Belfast Telegraph