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French Port Chief claims MPs are “whipping up fears” for UK ports

French Port Chief claims MPs are “whipping up fears” for UK ports

Speaking on the matter of Project Fear, Jean-Marc Pissesseau, French port chief explained “certain individuals are whipping up fears” as an effort for the sake of political motivations. Elaborating further, he said: “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. There are certain individuals in the UK who are whipping up this catastrophism for their own reasons.”

“Nothing is going to happen the day after Brexit, 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 implied that this should cause no problems for the UK ports such as Dover, Tilbury and many others across the country. Elaborating, Mr Puissesseau said that meeting the deadline by March could have been “a huge problem” which has since been avoided with the extra time given.

“I have just received a delegation of Polish hauliers – and they are the most important in Europe – and I can tell you that they are perfectly up to speed on everything that has to be done,” he also said.

Earlier in August, the Government made an announcement that a massive £2.1 billion investment would be contributed towards efforts to maintain business as usual in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Leading to as little impact on the country’s trading infrastructure as possible. This also meant additional funding was made available for Operation Brock, across the M20 near Dover.

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary explained the Government is taking “necessary steps” to make sure goods keep moving as usual. They have also spoken with members of the White House, who explained mini-trade deals between the States and UK could be established within the next 12 months.
Speaking with the press, Republican John Bolton stated: “You could pursue a bigger sector that might take longer, or you could pursue some smaller sectors that could be done quite quickly.” He also mentioned the potential across various sectors, including manufacturing.

For terminals such as the Port of Tilbury, it could be a good sign for what is to come when the Brexit deadline arrives on October 31st. Whether it be inevitable delays of traffic and confusion of paperwork, but there are also signs of potential trade opportunities for the future, these opportunities for trade with nations like the US and China, which ports such as Tilbury would see huge benefit from in regards to the movement of goods on an international scale.