It comes as new EU rules, which are due to come into force from April, would require heavy truck drivers to leave their vehicles for identity checks. MPs and Dover port authorities have warned that the changes will lead to huge queues and “continuous” traffic chaos at the port. Express.co.uk readers denounced the plans, calling on the Prime Minister to take action against the EU.
“They have to remember, however, how much they export to the UK and every action they take against us can also be turned against them. “
Another user echoed this, writing: “We should cut off all contact with them.
“They don’t take anything from us and we don’t import anything from them. More payments, more fishing etc.
A third user, called ‘Hampshirehog’, urged the UK to ‘move all traffic to anywhere except France’.
They said, “Suspend all fishing licenses, seize all vessels that break the suspension and move all traffic to anywhere except France. “
Meanwhile, a commentator called “ILOVEUK” denounced the EU, saying it was no longer “fit for purpose”.
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Biometric checks involve electronic gates, forcing drivers to leave their vehicles rather than staying in their cars or trucks, as they can currently do with a simple passport check.
In response to the announcement, Kent MPs wrote a letter to the government warning it there was a danger of “large-scale disruption to traffic in Kent … on an ongoing basis”.
Meanwhile, the port of Dover, Getlink and the Logistics UK group have called on the government to open talks with Brussels and Paris on how to avoid long lines and iron out problems.
The groups also said that a prolonged disruption could damage the image of “Global Britain” and jeopardize our economic recovery from the pandemic.
The checks would be carried out on British territory by the French police, which means that how the checks are implemented will ultimately depend on the French authorities, governed by EU law.
The Port of Dover, which handles £ 144 billion in freight annually, accounts for a third of all UK trade with the EU, reaching almost 60% if other routes in the region – such as the Channel Tunnel – are included.
In response to the letter, the Ministry of Transport said the government would “work constructively” to “minimize checks” at the border.