UK says no-deal Brexit could see 7,000-truck border queues
The British government says there could be lines of 7,000 trucks at the English Channel and two-day waits to get into France immediately after the U.K. makes its economic break from the European Union at the end of the year.
Michael Gove, the minister in charge of Brexit preparations, described that as a worst-case scenario in a letter to logistics firms. He is set to give more details to Parliament on Wednesday.
The government letter says that between 30% and 50% of trucks wanting to cross the Channel may not be ready for new paperwork and regulations that will come into effect on Jan. 1.
"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 said.
The delays could last at least three months until companies get used to the new systems and requirements, Gove's letter states.