THE BUSINESS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
A letter from Cabinet Minister Michael Gove to the freight industry is warning that if a deal is not agreed between the EU and the UK, there could be substantial delays in Kent when the transition period between the two entities expires on December 31, 2020.
The letter was revealed in a report by the BBC's Economics Editor, Faisal Islam. According to the report, "Mr Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, responsible for no-deal planning, wrote to logistics groups with the government's 'reasonable worst-case scenario' planning for when the UK leaves the EU's single market and customs union rules on 1 January."
According to the report, the reasonable worst-case scenario includes up to 7,000 lorries needing to be queued in Kent, with delays of up to 2 days. The letter also says that "Both imports and exports could be disrupted to a similar extent".
The Government has been trialing a system known as Operation Brock, formerly Operation Stack, which is a traffic management system designed to keep roads in Kent, including the M20, flowing in the event of a No-Deal Brexit. However, the potential for disruptions on the scale the letter suggests should be noted by exporters and importers in the UK, particularly those with time sensitive trading needs.
To read the full BBC article, go to www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54260470
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