Friday May 29, 2020
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MEP slams government secret proposals for unfair sanctions against lorry drivers to Dover


John Howarth Labour MEP South East region (covering Dover) responded to claims leaked to Sky News that the Government is secretly seeking to apply draconian powers to traffic officers in Kent to road hauliers in the event of a no deal Brexit.

John said: "I am alarmed by the reports of secret plans for unprecedented summary powers for traffic officers in Kent in the event of the UK crashing out of the EU without an agreement.

"This is an admission that Kent faces chaos and the introduction of neo-police state powers with a so-called ‘consultation' carried out in secret and with ‘non disclosure agreements' is quite disgraceful.

"I am writing to Mr. Shapps calling for full disclosure of these proposals and to Kent County Council calling for their response to be made public. Only then can we judge if such measures are proportionate or are simply part of the Government cranking up its no deal bluff. Nobody voted for this in 2016 and this Government has no mandate for no deal."

"This is not the action of a responsible Government. A responsible Government would be ruling out leaving the EU without an agreement. A responsible Government would not be preparing to deal with the food and medicine shortages threatened by the imposition of customs controls at Dover they would be ensuring there was no need for such measures."



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