No-deal Brexit: Disruption at Dover ‘could last six months’

The government warns about disruption at Channel ports, four days before MPs vote on the PM’s Brexit deal.

Dover and other Channel ports face disruption for up to six months if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, ministers have said.

The warning comes after analysis of likely traffic flows, if customs checks are delayed.

It is regarded as a worst-case scenario but the public sector is being asked to rewrite its contingency plans.

Lorries carrying medicine could get priority at ports and planes used to fly in drugs, ministers said.

The PM’s claim that the alternative to the withdrawal agreement she has negotiated with the EU is a no-deal Brexit, has so far failed to convince many of her own MPs.

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