Gove letter warns of 7000-long truck queues

Gove letter warns of 7000-long truck queues

Gove letter warns of 7000-long truck queues

A leaked Brexit letter written by Michael Gove has revealed that the UK could witness 7,000-long lorry queues in Kent after the transition period ends.

Cabinet minister Mr Gove, who is responsible for no-deal planning, has written to logistics associations to warn of possible two-day delays for cargo travelling to France in January.

In the document, seen by PA news agency, he outlines the government’s “reasonable worst case scenario” and warns that up to 50 per cent of trucks crossing the Channel will not be ready for the new regulations which come into force on 1 January 2021.

While a “lack of capacity to hold unready trucks at French ports” could reduce the flow of traffic across the strait to 60-80% of normal levels.

“This could lead to maximum queues of 7,000 port bound trucks in Kent and associated maximum delays of up to two days,” the document says, adding the disruption could last up to three months as alternative routes are sought and supply chains get to grips with the new systems and requirements.

And Mr Gove also warns that changes were coming with or without a deal.

Imports will also be disrupted in January, according to the letter, which also raises the prospect of a winter spike in Covid-19 leading to absences of port and border staff.

Mr Gove is due to outline preparations for the end of the transition period in a statement to the Commons this afternoon (Wednesday).

The transition period is due to expire at the end of the year, when the EU is expected to impose full goods controls on the UK, stopping all freight without the correct documentation.

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