It’s confirmed: no-deal Brexit will be worse than we feared

Editorial: The benefits of leaving the EU are at best remote. The timing of this couldn’t be worse

Wednesday 23 September 2020 19:29
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Michel Barnier, the bloc’s Brexit negotiator, on a visit to London for talks this month
Michel Barnier, the bloc’s Brexit negotiator, on a visit to London for talks this month

Since the EU referendum four years ago, there has been an unending and mostly sterile debate about what the British people voted for when they made their marginal choice of Brexit. There might be room for argument as to whether the Leave voters would countenance a no-deal Brexit as a last resort. Different commentators had different opinions on what Brexit might mean for the Irish border; and so on.

However, one thing that was never envisaged was the creation of an internal economic border within the UK at the Kent border. Lorries trying to trundle into the Garden of England from London, Sussex and Surrey will require a “Kent access permit”, which will be enforced by the police. Of course, if they are turned away, where will the queue of 7,000 artics park? Bromley High Street? Nutley? Maybe Gatwick airport, currently underemployed.

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