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Faisal Islam @faisalislam
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VIDEO: My report on the Dover District Council Brexit impact report obtained by Sky News on the M20/ Dover, no Plan B, no space for any checks, and “temporary” 13 mile M20 lorry park necessary for “many years” until permanent solution: #BrexitForensics
LONG READ trying to make sense of what happens re post Brexit checks Dover/ Calais/ Channel Tunnel, M20 lorry park, juxtaposed checks or not, food checks, stockpiling, reopening Ramsgate..already hard shoulder strengthened to cope hundreds parked lorries:
And then there’s this - which is rather telling...
When first announced, Government said Operation Brock, the M20 lorry park plan, wasnt about Brexit, it was about an interim solution to a long term successor to Project Stack. No mention of Brexit in ministerial statement.
Documents we obtained from Kent County Council show that “Brock” is in fact an acronym for “Brexit Operations Across Kent” /2
At time though Govt keen that plan to turn M20 section into a lorry holding area by March 2019 was not intrinsically connected to Brexit, leaving the Customs Union/ Single Market, No Deal - Govt officials were laughed at, at a meeting in Kent where they suggested this notion /3
Indeed, Brock, I’m told will take up to two weeks to activate, so cant be deployed like Stack as a near instant response to Calais disruption. Only plausible use is to pre-empt predictable Brexit border chaos next March /4
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