UK readies $36.5m in emergency ports funding as Brexit nears

UK readies $36.5m in emergency ports funding as Brexit nears

The UK government under new prime minister Boris Johnson this morning promised an extra £30m ($36.5m) in emergency ports funding as the country gears up for its departure from the European Union in nine weeks.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps commented: “We are leaving the EU on October 31 and we will be prepared whatever the circumstances. As the UK continues to develop as an outward-facing global trading nation ready for a post-Brexit world, the resilience of our trading hubs is more critical than ever before.”

A leaked dossier compiled earlier this month showed some of the government’s “reasonable worst-case scenarios” in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The dossier claimed up to 85% of lorries using the main English Channel crossings “may not be ready” for French customs and could face queues of two and a half days.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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