Thousands of UK shippers still unprepared for customs system switch
Up to 220,000 UK traders have yet to register for the government’s new customs declaration ...
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”.