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Led by Donkeys activists remind queuing motorists in Dover of Brexit promises

Anti-Brexit campaigners have joined the queues of hauliers in Kent - as they blame the county's congestion chaos on Britain's departure from the EU.

Activists from mysterious group Led by Donkeys drove an advertising truck carrying a massive screen on the A20 this weekend.

The display projected footage of senior Conservatives - including Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Davis - promising free-flowing traffic at Dover.

As the video played out, the protesters' vehicle was stuck in a gridlocked line of lorries.

It featured the current Prime Minister stating on LBC: "We would actually increase our exports to the EU if we came out of the legislative morass of the single market."

This was followed by footage of Mr Rees-Mogg claiming on the same radio station "there would be no need for checks at Dover" and that "the delays will be at Calais".

The recording showed former Transport Secretary Chris Grayling promising "a free-flowing border" in the town.

He also asserted "we will not impose checks at the Port of Dover - we don't check lorries now, and we're not going to be checking them in the future".

Towards the end of the montage Mr Davis, who used to be Theresa May's Brexit Secretary, can be seen branding potential problems crossing from Dover to Calais "scare stories".

The queues at the Port of Dover on Friday. Picture: Barry Goodwin
The queues at the Port of Dover on Friday. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Led by Donkeys - which is an anonymous group - tweeted a video showing its truck at a standstill in Aycliffe, writing: "This is Brexit."

This comes after a weekend of road mayhem on the Kent coast caused by huge delays at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

Motorists queuing for the port were told on Friday they faced waits of five hours due to issues with French border control.

A critical incident was declared, as residents were left unable to get to work and children stuck on school buses.

Despite the queues reducing this morning, passengers were being advised to arrive at least two hours before check-in closes.

But Jack Cousens, of the AA, revealed those using Eurotunnel today had been “waiting for several hours” to get to the terminal.

“Dover has now recovered, but Folkestone has become the hotspot of holiday hell," he said.

Traffic queuing at the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone yesterday
Traffic queuing at the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone yesterday

"Drivers are now trying to find alternative routes down to the Eurotunnel terminal.

"Holidaymakers are trying to use the M2 and then find ways to drop down onto the A20 and the terminal via the back roads.

“Drivers heading to Folkestone need to be prepared.

"Many are waiting for several hours before they get to the terminal, so all the pre-journey vehicle checks are key along with carrying plenty of food, water and entertainment for younger travellers.”

Kent Resilience Forum tactical lead Toby Howe also admitted yesterday “it’s a possibility” the issue gripping the coast may continue to hit the county throughout the summer.

Speaking to KentOnline, the roads boss explained: "One of the key problems behind the delay is the resource of customs checks both at Eurotunnel and the Port of Dover.

"If that resource isn’t fully in place, that’s what causes slow through traffic both at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

Kent Resilience Forum tactical lead Toby Howe
Kent Resilience Forum tactical lead Toby Howe

“Every time we have these delays due to issues at the portals, it’s Kent that suffers – the residents, communities, businesses.

"There are discussions within government as to what can be done, whether that’ll be a better use of technology or whatever.

“But unfortunately, nothing’s going to happen overnight, so we’ll have to continue managing the traffic as best we can to mitigate that impact on the county.”

Dover TAP was stood down this morning, with residents reporting clear runs in and out of the area.

However, the M20 is closed for all non-freight traffic between Junction 8 for Maidstone and 12 for Folkestone.

This was the latest in a number of stunts in Kent carried out by Led by Donkeys.

The group erected posted showing a pair of contradictory tweets written about free-trade negotiations by Mr Grayling three years ago.

It later illuminated the White Cliffs of Dover with a social media post by Deputy Prime Minister Dominc Raab.

It said: "I hadn't quite realised the full extent of this, but we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing."

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