Lorries might be caught at Dover for as much as 48-hours within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit, which might pose a ‘clear and present danger’ to the UK provide chain, in response to leaked authorities documents.
The documents, seen by Sky News, have led the Road Haulage Association to warn that there might be a meltdown at ports within the occasion of a no-deal, with ‘substantial queues at the border’.
Industry insiders have accused the federal government of ‘failing to deliver’ and have warned of ‘very, very substantial traffic jams’ at the port.
Rod McKenzie, managing director of coverage at the Road Haulage Association (RHA), stated he wasn’t shocked such a doc exists, including that there’s nonetheless no signal of a brand new customs course of with simply weeks left earlier than the UK is predicted to depart the European Union.
Although he has not seen the Department for Transport documents (DfT), he understands they’re newer than the leaked Operation Yellowhammer recordsdata which contained predictions of a three-month ‘meltdown’ at ports within the occasion of no-deal.
Mr McKenzie stated: ‘The Road Haulage Association have been saying this for quite literally years now, that if there is a no-deal Brexit there will be very substantial queues at the border.’
He added: ‘We have gotten a really, very significant issue with the UK provide chain if there’s a no-deal Brexit on the 31st of October from the place we are actually.
‘This is a transparent and current hazard to the availability chain on which all of us rely, and we’re calling on the Government within the clearest phrases to make it clear what merchants should do to commerce with the continent.
‘This they have failed to do so far.’
Sky News stated evaluation commissioned by the DfT means that on the primary day of a no-deal Brexit, the worst case situation could be a two-day most delay for freight and automobiles at Dover, and a median wait of a day-and-a-half.
Mr McKenzie known as for ‘clarity’ from the federal government in order that merchants may prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
He added: ‘What we need is action, and we need action now. And there’s this hole between what they are saying they’re going to do, and what they’ve thus far didn’t ship.’
Kevin Green, advertising and communications director at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which speaks for the logistics trade, stated the FTA is anxious there’s ‘still much which the sector needs clarification on, in order to ensure that Britain keeps trading after Brexit’.
He added: ‘The sector is flexible and agile but needs to know what it is preparing for – and today’s report exhibits that there’s nonetheless a lot that’s unsure.
‘With so little time left, logistics businesses need the support of Government to ensure that the UK’s interconnected provide chain is protected after the UK leaves the EU.’
Last month, Michael Gove, the cupboard minister in command of no-deal planning, visited Holyhead Port in North Wales to satisfy with organisations engaged on the commerce path to Northern Ireland, Ireland and the remainder of the world.
He stated that predictions outlined within the Operation Yellowhammer documents had been ‘the absolute worst case’.
He added: ‘I’m assured that, if all of us do the fitting factor, on October 31 we will be sure that items can movement out and in of ports like Holyhead with none vital delay.’