London, Kent After the end of the Brexit transition phase at the turn of the year, the British authorities expect considerable chaos at the borders, according to an internal paper. As early as January, queues of up to 6,500 trucks are expected in the Kent border region, according to the confidential government document reported by the British Guardian on Tuesday.
According to the experts’ calculations, it could even take up to two days for trucks to reach the border in a traffic jam in February. The paper outlines a “worst case scenario”. The authors also stress that the congestion and delays could arise even if the UK still manages to negotiate a trade pact with the EU.
Negotiations are currently stalling. If there is no agreement, there is a risk of a hard break with tariffs and other trade barriers at the turn of the year. But even if a contract were to be concluded, Great Britain would no longer be part of the European internal market from 2021, so that some controls would be necessary in any case.
In order to minimize the feared chaos, the experts propose, according to the paper, to set up service stations on motorways within the country. There, truck drivers are to be helped to prepare the necessary documents in good time before the border.
In addition, the aim should be to build a software-based system with which the smooth movement of goods should be guaranteed. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, as the paper shows: 26 government agencies with 100 IT systems are to be involved. An important online traffic light system will also only be tested from the end of November.
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