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Port chaos? C’est la bulls***, say French

TRANSPORT on the Dover to Calais trade route will continue to run smoothly after Brexit, France’s Channel ports boss has insisted.

Talk of chaos is scaremongering stirred up by ‘certain individuals’, according to Jean-Marc Puissesseau, who said authorities were ready for Britain’s departure from the EU on October 31.

‘There are certain individuals in the UK who are whipping up this catastrophism for their own reasons,’ Mr Puissesseau told the Daily Telegraph.

‘This has provoked a lot of concern but basically “c’est la bulls***”. 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.’

Mr Puissesseau admitted that a no-deal Brexit in March would have been a ‘huge problem’, but said they had now had an extra seven months to prepare.

Last month, Irish premier Leo Varadkar said delays were likely at ports following a no-deal Brexit, while former chancellor Philip Hammond warned of chaos for businesses exporting to the continent via Calais.

The government announced a £2.1billion funding boost for no-deal preparations earlier this month, which included cash for improvements to infrastructure at ports and for dealing with disruption on the M20 to Dover.

But the Road Haulage Association hit back yesterday at claims that the UK is ‘Brexit-ready’ and urged ministers to deliver ‘desperately needed’ clarity for lorries crossing the Channel.