Fine drivers to keep roads flowing in no-deal chaos, says council boss

Police and highways officers ought to challenge fines to drivers to keep Britain’s roads open in a no-deal state of affairs, the chief of Kent County Council mentioned at present.

Paul Carter additionally mentioned officers across the nation ought to be drafted in to deal with site visitors in Kent in the occasion of a no-deal.

He informed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he needs “boots on the ground” with sufficient folks to “man the pumps” to keep the Kent highway community open. 

He mentioned enforcement powers would “allow the police and Highways England traffic officers to stop and fine those who don’t take direction and marshalling from the officers”.

Countdown to Brexit: 49 days till Britain leaves the EU

Mr Carter, who leads the Tory-run council, mentioned “accelerated progress” had been made for the reason that Yellowhammer report was drafted on August 2.

The controversial report — launched final evening — outlines “reasonable worst-case assumptions” for the impression of a no-deal Brexit on October 31. Warnings embrace public dysfunction, meals value will increase and suppliers of grownup social care failing. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace informed BBC Radio 5 Live the Government would step in to assist care houses in the event that they went bust, including: “The state is always there to pick up those pieces.”

Meanwhile, shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald mentioned Parliament ought to be recalled so the Prime Minister can reply questions on Yellowhammer, which he mentioned is extra like planning for “war or a natural disaster”. He added: “It reveals an absolute catastrophe for our country if he continues to drive the ship towards the rocks.”

It comes because the Public Accounts Committee launched a report this morning which mentioned: “Departments have been overly secretive about what the consultants are doing, as they have been before in providing information on other aspects of the Brexit preparations.”

The chair of the committee, Meg Hillier MP, mentioned: “We’ve had to wrestle basic information from Government about Brexit preparedness. This secrecy for secrecies sake is not good. People and businesses need to know in time to act.”

Michael Gove, the Cabinet minister in cost of no-deal Brexit planning, performed down Yellowhammer’s conclusions at present and mentioned: “The Yellowhammer documents are a worst-case scenario. They are produced so Government can make plans and take steps to mitigate any of those consequences. And over the last six weeks this Government has taken considerable steps to ensure, if there is a no-deal scenario, we can leave in the safest and smoothest possible way.”

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