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Calais boss: We won’t have extra no-deal lorry checks

THE boss of the port of Calais has said there will be no extra checks on lorries if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

Jean-Marc Puissesseau said the port had been preparing for a year for the UK’s exit on March 29. He said he was ‘shocked’ by the ‘disrespectful’ decision by transport secretary Chris Grayling to spend £100million on ferry services from alternative ports.

‘When Mr Grayling came to Calais, we told him that we will be ready,’ he said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. ‘We will not check the trucks more than we are doing today, with the migrants.

‘We will only be asking of the drivers that they have their customs declarations, but we will not stop or ask more than we are doing today. It is very clear.’

A leaked report has suggested delays of 70 seconds per lorry at Dover could cause traffic jams which would take six days to clear.

Mr Puissesseau’s assurances were welcomed by Leave-supporting MPs. Tory Nadine Dorries said they represented ‘the reality, as opposed to Project Fear Mk III’.