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.