What of other Brexit plans?

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

There was how­ever noth­ing re­sem­bling an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment. No press re­lease, no state­ment to Par­lia­ment, no me­dia events.

And crit­i­cally no com­mu­ni­ca­tions with ei­ther MPs, coun­cil lead­ers or hauliers and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

After sus­pi­cions grew when a clo­sure no­tice for the mo­tor­way was is­sued, Ton­bridge and Malling MP Tom Tu­gend­hat am­bushed trans­port sec­re­tary Chris Grayling. He de­manded to know why the gov­ern­ment was now con­sid­er­ing an op­tion it had ef­fec­tively ruled out in April when he had raised it with min­is­ters.

It is hard to say whether this plan will be­come part of the gov­ern­ment’s brexit con­tin­gency plans. What it may wor­ry­ingly in­di­cate is there are gen­uine but as yet un­ac­knowl­edged con­cerns around the in­terim solution and the ca­pac­ity of the M20 to hold lor­ries and use the Manston air­port site, in Thanet, for any spillover.

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