How many times have we been told that a No Deal Brexit would result in a “go-slow” policy at the port of Calais, which would force companies to use alternate ports and cause huge delays in transport?
It has been repeated over and over again by the national press, but just like with the lie about planes being turned around from France, we’ve learned that the French government actually intends to put measures in place to ensure the “fluidity” of trade.
Time after time we’re told of the great threat that No Deal poses, as if it wasn’t in the interest of France and other European nations to work with the UK on sensible trade and travel agreements.
UK Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab warned earlier in the week that there would be major disruption in a “worse case scenario,” forcing British companies to use different ports. However, the President of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, has said that in fact, ensuring the “fluidity” of trade between the UK and France was essential.
The BBC reports that another official said that closing the Calais port would be an “economic suicide mission” – meaning, therefore, that France has no intention of stopping or hindering trade in the event of a No Deal Brexit.
When will our politicians learn that European leaders are going to talk tough because they want the best deal for them, and many of them even want to hurt the UK? Of course big claims are going to be made, but if our leaders scratched the surface of these negotiations they’d see that there are plenty of officials without a political agenda who simply want to maintain easy trade and travel.
I also don’t understand why Raab is adding to the fears. If Bertrand is talking about maintaining trade fluidity, why did Raab tell the House of Commons that France might choose to create additional delays? He said in Parliament:
“We also need to prepare for the worst-case scenario where the authorities at Calais are deliberately directing a go-slow approach by supporting a diversion of the flow of more amenable ports in other countries.”
Bertrand responded on Twitter that it was “not envisaged.”
So stop worrying, people. Our politicians are either completely useless or trying to scare us again – and after so-called “rebel” MPs decided to support Theresa May at the recent 1922 Committee, I wouldn’t put anything past so-called “Brexiteer” Tories any more.