Sunday, 30 December 2018

Brexit: over £100m spent on extra ferries in case of no deal

Ports in Poole, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Immingham and Felixstowe would be used to ease Dover pressure

The UK has spent more than £100m to charter ferries to ease “severe congestion” at Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as the government ramps up its multi-billion contingency plans.

Increased border checks at ports after Brexit could “cause delivery of critical goods to be delayed” if the UK leaves with no deal, according to documents outlining the £107.7m agreements to secure extra lorry capacity.

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