26 SEP 2017

Meeting a minister at the port to discuss Brexit

I met a Treasury minister at the Port of Dover to discuss why action must be taken now to ensure the border is ready on day one for Brexit.

Alongside Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride MP at the Eastern Docks, and Port of Dover chief executive Tim Waggott, we visited Border Force operations and spoke about plans to handle customs after Brexit.

It is clear we need to take action now to ensure our border is ready on day one for Brexit – particularly at the Dover frontline. I have been working with industry experts on detailed plans setting out what we must to do be prepared.

I'm pleased the Treasury is listening to our concerns. Yet now we need to see action – with more investment at the Channel Ports and making sure our customs systems are ready.

I have set out a range of measures that will help prepare the border for Brexit and keep traffic flowing freely, which I discussed with Mr Stride. My plan includes a 'trusted trader' scheme for lorry firms, so fewer customs checks have to be done at the border. I also want dualling of the A2 and the M20 lorry park to be prioritised.

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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