Brace for export chaos at UK ports after Brexit

The prospect of massive disruption to Ireland’s exports has ratcheted up, following the crushing rejection of the EU-UK withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons and the fig leaf replacement offer by Prime Minister Theresa May to a bewildered European Commission.

Exporters both in the UK and Ireland are frustrated at the lack of adequate planning for the UK’s exit from the EU. 

The majority of UK ports have confirmed they are not prepared for a hard Brexit: Only 16% of UK ports and harbour authorities have made “significant or practical” plans for Brexit, according a recent survey. 

This is the first real evidence of what will happen outside of the main europort of Dover, which had a less than encouraging trial run of the UK government’s emergency planning late last year.

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