Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett warned the port could be used as a “filter” for trucks looking to travel to the continent, risking huge tailbacks if British firms don’t comply with pre-declaration requirements. Earlier this year, Calais Ports boss Jean-Marc Puissesseau insisted there would be no additional delays at any French ports following the installation of number plate recognition technology and 100-acre lorry parks for customs inspections. But Mr Burnett warned while trucks with the right paperwork might run smoothly on reaching Calais, that would only be because those without it would be stopped at Dover and “stacked” at Manston airfield.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “Jean-Marc has made it very clear that Calais has a deal with shipping companies in Dover that any truck without the proper paperwork won’t be allowed to board.
“They won’t send over anything that isn’t pre-cleared, and that means those that don’t will be turned around.”
The requirements for shippers include having an EU import-export registration, or an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, which is needed to move goods into or out of the EU.
But Mr Burnett warned just 40 percent of British businesses that needed the numbers had applied for one.
Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have committed to taking the UK out of the European Union by the October 31 deadline, and that a no deal Brexit would only be a last resort.F
Brexit latest: British trucks could be turned away at Dover under a no deal scenario (Image: GETTY)
Tim Martin, Wetherspoons founder, has made a brilliant point about Brexit and what Brexiteers are fighting for in their battle for the UK to finally leave the EU.
The Wetherspoons boss and Brexiteer delivered a rousing speech during the Brexit Party ‘Big Vision Rally’ where he told a 5,500-strong crowd “democracy works” and it was “strange” that it wasn’t being accepted by “highly educated people in the UK.
The 64-year-old, a long term Brexit advocate, warned Remainers “we don’t want a deal and we don’t need a deal” which drew cheers from the crowds of supporters in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.
He said: “We’re here because democracy works and we all know this and we all know this but for some strange reason it is not accepted by a lot of highly educated people in the UK and in Europe.”
To a rapturous round of applause, he told the audience: “Democracy is where it’s at and it’s amazing to have to be fighting for it in the UK now.”
He also laid in to Project Fear claims, saying they were “melting before our eyes”.
Economic conditions for UK businesses have remained “stagnant” in recent months as “relentless uncertainty” over Brexit continues, a new report has warned.
A survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) of 6,800 businesses employing around 1.2million workers suggested the balance of manufacturing firms reporting improved domestic orders was at a seven-year low.
The BCC added the report pointed to the impact that relentless Brexit uncertainty, rising business costs and tougher global trading conditions were having on the UK economy.
Suren Thiru, head of economics at the BCC, said: “These results indicate that underlying economic conditions in the UK remain decidedly downbeat, with intensifying uncertainty over Brexit, the rising costs of doing business in the UK and a sluggish global economy combining to suppress key drivers of growth.
“The manufacturing sector endured a challenging quarter with the downward pressure from the running down of excess stock, tougher global trading conditions and rising upfront costs driving a deterioration in a number of the key indicators.”8
Prime Minister hopeful Jeremy Hunt has pledged to create a £6billion war chest to manage a no deal Brexit.
The Foreign Secretary will set out a 10-point plan, including a Cobra-style committee to “turbocharge” Government preparations and keep Britain open for business if World Trade Organisation (WTO) tariffs come into effect.
He will also set up a temporary No Deal Relief Programme, including a war chest for farmers and fishermen exporting to Europe in an attempt to ease the transition out of the EU and honour international obligations.
Mr Hunt will tell Tory supporters: “If you’re a sheep farmer in Shropshire or a fisherman in Peterhead I have a simple message for you – I know you face uncertainty if we have to leave the EU without a deal.
“I will mitigate the impact of no-deal Brexit on you and step in to help smooth those short-term difficulties.
“If we could do it for the bankers in the financial crisis, we can do it for our fishermen, farmers and small businesses now.”
The Foreign Secretary will also tell MPs he plans to immediately increase no deal Brexit preparations and identify actions the Government could take to mitigate the impact in the short term.