THE scale of the UK’s No-Deal contingency planning has been revealed as crunch trade talks with Brussels enter their “final” day.
Most of the action will be centred on the port of Dover — main gateway to Europe used by 11,000 trucks a day. Government insiders admit there will be “challenges and bumps to overcome” when Brexit finally happens on January 1.
In one of the biggest peacetime operations, the combined forces of the Royal Navy, police, border guards and customs officials will keep Britain moving.
It’s thought that up to 900 extra officials will man the border, a 27-acre lorry park will open in Kent, and navy vessels will be deployed off the coast to stop French trawlers fishing in British waters.
The PM gave the go-ahead for ministers to start cranking up the operation as trade talks remain stalled in Brussels, despite Mr Johnson’s dinner with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen last week.
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