Border control upgrades must be a Brexit priority, councils across the South East have told Brexit Secretary David Davis.
The leaders of South East England Councils (SEEC) and the South East Strategic Partnership for Migration (SESPM) have written a joint letter to Mr Davis.
I welcome the letter, which reflects many aspects of my Ready on Day One report presented to the Government earlier this year: http://www.elphicke.com/downloads/ready-on-day-one--meeting-the-brexit-borders-challenge.pdf
The letter says: "As UK negotiators work towards achieving the UK's exit from the EU, local authorities across the South East want to urge you to prioritise upgrading of border controls for passengers and freight in advance of Brexit."
It adds: "Dover and Shepway councils have particular concerns about the future of borders as they are the UK gateways for the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover, which is the closest port to the European mainland."
The letter also calls for juxtaposed border controls at Dover and Calais to remain in place. And the Government is asked to pursue agreement on the future inspections required for food imported from the EU "as a matter of urgency".
It is great to see councils across the South East working together in this way.
It is in the national interest to ensure we are ready on day for every eventuality of leaving the European Union. Nowhere will preparations be more vital than at the Dover frontline.
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