The head of the French channel ports has dismissed warnings of Brexit chaos on the Dover-Calais trade route as irresponsible scare-mongering by political agitators.
“The British authorities have been doing a great deal to prepare. People say they are asleep but I can assure you that they are highly professional and they are ready,” said Jean-Marc Puissesseau, president of Port Boulogne Calais.
There are certain individuals in the UK who are whipping up this catastrophism for their own reasons. This has provoked a lot of concern but basically ‘c’est la bullsh**’. Nothing is going to happen the day after Brexit, he told The Telegraph.
Britain will be a third country, that’s all and there is no reason why this should lead to any problems. If both sides do their homework, traffic will be completely fluid, he said.
Roughly 30pc of lorries from Dover to Calais currently travel empty. They will go straight through the green line and won’t need any clearance. Another 60pc do not carry material that needs to be checked.
The much bigger issues are the import and export documents needed for every shipment. If everybody turns up in Calais with the right documentation, there will be no problems but today you cannot find out from the Government what you need an what qualifies you for “lorry ready.” It’s an information black hole”