Moving furniture from the UK to the European Union will be done on a case-by-case basis under new EU rules, with the EU Commission saying it will take into account national security concerns.
The move comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had pledged to end the “shambolic” “bargaining process” that had led to furniture being sent from the country to European Union warehouses in London.
In an effort to help secure the delivery of furniture to the EU, the UK Government has set up a “Safe Forwarder” unit in Brussels.
This unit will be responsible for moving furniture from London to warehouses in Luxembourg and the Czech Republic, with some furniture moving from the Netherlands to the UK.
The unit will only be able to move furniture if there is a “reasonable suspicion” that it poses a threat to national security.
The UK’s new rules will require furniture to be moved from warehouses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to a warehouse in the EU by the end of 2019, unless it is “safe” to do so.
The government says that if it is not safe to move a certain furniture, then it can only be sent to a storage facility in the European Economic Area, which is a European Union member state.
The Safe Forwarder unit is set to be staffed by members of the Royal Navy and will only move furniture to its storage facility if the owner is “on the radar” for “an extremely high security threat.”
The UK Government says that the Safe Forwarders will only store furniture that has “reasonable security risks” and that the UK will not move any furniture that it considers “unacceptable” for storage in other countries.
In a statement, the Department for Transport said that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Commission to ensure that the storage facilities will be staffed with UK personnel.
The department said that the agreement, which will apply to “all the EU Member States, as well as the United Kingdom, will enable us to use our national infrastructure and to ensure a secure and safe delivery of the UK’s furniture,” according to the BBC.