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The UK government appears to have conceded that the queues of lorries looking to cross the Channel are not Brexit “teething problems”, but are in fact here to stay. As a result, it has expanded emergency powers to handle the queues into a permanent protocol. Despite the misery of residents in the area, Operation Brock, a system designed to cope with up to 13,000 lorries, is to be extended past its original end date of October. Under the contingency plan, part of the eastbound M20 – the main artery to Dover and the Channel Tunnel – is closed to normal traffic and available exclusively for lorries.

However, opposition politicians said UK businesses were being harmed by “the Conservatives’ botched deal with the EU”.

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  • Victor Jones

    August 11, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Not so much to do with “brexit” actually

    These problems have been going on for decades – french dock strikes, adverse weather, fires and power outages in the tunnel – all required stack arrangements of some sort

    You remoaners in the media need to get over your petulant grief and look beyond brexit to the real picture – you cannot deny history

    • Alex Lennane

      August 11, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      Operation Brock, according to the UK government, was “created to deal with disruption caused by [the] EU exit [transition period], and in response to the Covid-19 pandemic”. One-off problems have indeed arisen before, but it is only now that the government has decided a long-term solution is needed for what presumably is a long-term problem. Isn’t that the real picture?