Calais prepares for no-deal Brexit
Nearly two million lorries pass through the port of Calais every year. It is a vital supply route between continental Europe and the UK, and consequently the prospect of no deal Brexit is taken very seriously there. Planning started nearly a year ago, and now building work has too.
The port terminal's boss, Jean-Marc Puisesseau, is adamant that they will meet the tight deadline: "on March 29, the port of Calais will be ready", he told FRANCE 24. He insists that outbound traffic will be fine as long as drivers arrive with their paperwork ready. Nevertheless, for businesses, there are still many uncertainties about how they would continue to trade with the other side of the channel in the event of a no deal outcome.
Budget minister Gerald Darmanin visited Calais last week, and later told France Blue Nord radio “Right now the prime minister is asking the government to prepare for the worst case scenario - the no-deal, so as if there was no transition period and no agreement…The worst case scenario would leave no legal links between the EU and the UK so there would be a need to implement the necessary laws, notably in the Channel Tunnel," he said.
"We must prepare for the worst and that is from March 29th, there is no legal relationship with the UK."
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