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US News Brexit: for fear of massive traffic jams, Kent is preparing its

12:05  20 october  2020
12:05  20 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Brexit. Michel Barnier expects more “weeks” of negotiations

 Brexit. Michel Barnier expects more “weeks” of negotiations © PAUL FAITH / AFP Michel Barnier during a press conference in Dublin, January 27, 2020. The European negotiator for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union announced that it was ready on Tuesday to continue negotiations beyond October 15, the deadline set by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Fears Brexit would lead to major congestion as hundreds of lorries are delayed led the NHS to act. image captionThe NHS fears Operation Stack may be enforced on the M20, when part of it is closed "This could lead to significant traffic in Kent and may prevent donation teams from reaching venues

The possibility that a no-deal Brexit (ie where the UK immediately drops out of the EU single market and customs union) could lead to traffic jams , especially around ports, is His letter to local MPs adds that the situation in Kent is "unique" and other UK ports don't face the same risk. Image copyright PA.

Près de 7 000 camions transitent chaque jour dans le port de Douvres. corkscrews © Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP Almost 7,000 trucks pass through the port of Dover every day.

While negotiations are still skidding, a giant car park is pushing up near Dover to alleviate the traffic jams to come.

Full as an egg. Enclosed between the chalk cliffs and the town center, the small port of Dover, in Kent, is always full. 7,000 trucks pass through it every day, in a well-established ballet. Loaded with bricks, tomatoes, acid or car parts, European heavy goods vehicles take barely two minutes, as soon as they spit from the holds of the ferries, to leave the control zone…

Two minutes of control, 27 km of

traffic jams Their waltz is likely to get out of hand on January 1, once Brexit is in force. All the more so yesterday, London threatened to cut negotiations with Brussels short. The specter of a no-deal exit thrills Kent. A no deal would impose the return of customs duties for all goods passing through this region, the closest to the continent. Two more minutes of control by truck and we will end up with 27 km of traffic jams, alerted last year Tim Reardon, the Brexit mister of the port of Dover.

Post-Brexit Agreement. Boris Johnson will decide after EU summit

 Post-Brexit Agreement. Boris Johnson will decide after EU summit © EPA-EFE / JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT Brexit is due to be discussed by EU leaders on Thursday, who are currently planning to see that "progress achieved ”in the talks“ are still not enough ”. Boris Johnson has announced that he will decide whether or not to continue post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union, depending on the "results" of a summit scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Brussels.

The government has ordered NHS officials to reverse a decision to cancel blood donation sessions in parts of Kent because of concerns that Brexit will cause major traffic congestion at Channel ports. NHS Blood and Transplant said on Twitter on 29 January that it was cancelling …

Michael Gove says UK will not withdraw legislation Brussels says may trigger sanctions.

A giant car park, but there is still a lot to do

In Sevington, half an hour away, the excavators are therefore working to create a giant car park along the M20 motorway which leads to London. Equipped with a customs post, the site will be able to accommodate 1,800 trucks. Better than nothing, but insufficient.

No offense to Boris Johnson, who says his country is ready , there is still a lot to do. Of the 500 new customs officers required, 150 remain to be recruited… And only the Sevington car park is almost finished, on the five sites planned in Kent (notably near the Channel Tunnel). Overwhelmed, the UK has already given up on controlling the trucks that will enter its soil before July 1, 2021, at best. Only those leaving will therefore be subject to the administrative and health checks required by Europeans.

Barnier resumes post-Brexit talks in London .
GB-UNION: Barnier resumes post-Brexit talks in London © Reuters / HENRY NICHOLLS BARNIER RESUMES AFTER-BREXIT DISCUSSIONS IN LONDON LONDON (Reuters) - Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief negotiator with Britain, resumed talks with his British counterpart on Tuesday in London, less than ten weeks before the December 31 deadline.

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