A hard Brexit will leave traffic “backed up to Birmingham”, according to a Tory MP…
The North Thanet MP mocked former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab for admitting he “hadn’t quite understood” how reliant UK trade in goods is on the Dover-Calais crossing.
“Other people don’t seem to have grasped this fact but quite a lot of trade does come through Dover,” he said, adding 85% of the freight coming through Dover is continental, including pharmaceuticals, food and car parts.
I can’t vouch for Dominic Raab, but I think most “other people” have grasped that Dover is very important for trade.
“A hard Brexit means a hard border between Dover and Calais – that shutter will come down and there will be controls, and if those shutters come down the traffic backs up at about a mile an hour.
Sir Roger said Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson’s constituents “may not care whether Kent is turned into a lorry park”
But he said they “will scream blue murder” when they find they cannot buy “their new Chelsea tractor, their life-saving drugs or the food they enjoy that come in from mainland Europe”.
Yes, there may well be delays for a while in getting stuff to the Continent, and getting across as a tourist or business traveller (and for this the government would be culpable because of their deliberate lack of planning). But why would our imports be held up? We control what comes into the country, not the EU, and we can choose not to drop down the shutters. We let in products for the rest of the world without any problem, why would we hold up stuff from the EU?