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Operation Yellowhammer documents suggest traffic problems for Kent after no-deal Brexit

A document outlining the worst case scenario following a no-deal Brexit has been released.

Operation Yellowhammer was released by the cabinet today following requests from MPs.

Port of Dover
Port of Dover

As previously reported by KentOnline, traffic flow will be affected by custom checks at Dover and in Calais with HGV drivers facing maximum delays of up to two and a half days.

The document raises concerns some logistics firms will choose to avoid the route and so cause traffic problems for other counties.

Increased immigrations checks may need to be carried out at the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover where juxtaposed controls are in place which will cause passengers delays.

In the north of the county, Operation Yellowhammer has also considered traffic problems in Dartford.

It reads: "Regional traffic disruption caused by border delays could affect fuel distribution within the local area, particularly if traffic queues in Kent block the Dartford crossing, which could lead to local shortages in other parts of the country."

A drop in the number of crossings across the Channel for up to six months could impact the supply of medicines and medical supplies if unmitigated.

Panic buying around Christmas is expected to "exacerbate food supply disruption".

Certain types of fresh foods will be harder to get and certain ingredients and packaging may also be in short supply which is likely to reduce choice and increase price.

Tom Tugendhat, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, said: "I'm glad the government has released the documents because we all need to know what the worst case planning assumption is so we can make sure we avoid it.

"I still say the best way to avoid this is to get a deal and that's why I have voted for one three times andI only wish more people had joined me because then we wouldn't be talking about this we would be talking about the future arrangement with 27 important friends and neighbours.

"There is nothing the UK government can do to stop 27 other countries making the decisions they will or won't make a deal but they do need to sit down and work out a way to make sure we can get a withdrawal agreement, which is a temporary status, so we can start working on the future trade agreementwhich will keep us as econominc partners for many years to come. "

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