For lorries queuing at congested Calais, no-deal Brexit looms large
In the first of a short series, Lisa O’Carroll joins a British driver to navigate the ‘frictionless trade’ of the French port
Simon Wilkinson, a British lorry driver, is surveying about 1,000 lorries amassing at the “queue for the queue” about half a mile from a French port. “This is frictionless trade on a Thursday afternoon in Calais,” he said.
Wilkinson runs a small haulage company in Kent that specialises in transporting frozen food. Like all hauliers, he is looking ahead to the possibility of a no-deal Brexit – and the customs and animal checks that could come with it – with some trepidation. “This is what it is like before you throw the spanner in the works,” he pointed out.
Number of ferries crossing channel a day: 50
Source: Guardian Transport