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UK minister: Avoiding post-Brexit border chaos is in France's hands
LONDON -- Britain's worst-case scenario predictions of two-day delays at Dover would happen only if the French authorities "decline to be pragmatic," U.K. Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said Wednesday.

In a letter to trade bodies seen by POLITICO, Gove warned that the government's "reasonable worst-case scenario" forecasts two-day delays due to border controls, with up to 7,000 trucks stuck at the Port of Dover -- regardless of the outcome of ongoing trade talks.

But speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Gove pointed to the role that the French authorities would play, noting they would have the power to send back trucks without the necessary paperwork, "clogging the Dover to Calais crossing."

"I should stress that [the worst-case scenario] is not a prediction nor a forecast, it is just a prudent exercise of what could occur if we don't improve preparedness, and of course if our neighbors decline to be pragmatic," he said.

Shorter Gove: "We created that mess, but it's the French's responsibility to clean it up"

Also: "How dare you not give us everything we want"

by Bernard on Fri Sep 25th, 2020 at 07:25:57 AM EST
Apparently Gove has complained that the EU is refusing to negotiate with the UK as equals... well doh...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 25th, 2020 at 10:12:08 AM EST
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Conversely, what if the French--as a nation overall, or at the agency level, or at the individual personal level--decide to take out their frustrations on England and actively baulk? I'm pretty sure any immigration agent can think up dozens of ways to slow the processes.
by asdf on Fri Sep 25th, 2020 at 08:28:07 PM EST
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