BRITS will face agonising delays at St Pancras and Dover as the Yellowhammer dossier reveals a host of holiday nightmares in the wake of a No Deal Brexit.
Families planning their getaways would be left waiting in queues of fellow travellers as they contend with lengthy immigration checks at EU border posts.
The checks are set to increase if we crash out of the EU without a deal – sparking serious ramifications for holidaymakers heading to France.
It is unclear how long the delays will be – but they are significant enough for the dossier to advise passengers take alternative routes to avoid disruption.
Yellowhammer predicts the problems at both sides of the Channel with the assumption made “as of August 2 this year”.
The dossier warns: “This may lead to passenger delays at St Pancras, Cheriton (Channel Tunnel) and Dover where juxtaposed controls are in place.
“Dependent on the plans EU member states put in place to cope with these increased immigration checks, it is likely that delays will occur for UK arrivals and departures at EU airports and ports.
“This could cause some disruption on transport services. Travellers may decide to use alternative routes to complete their journey.”
The bombshell government dossier was released yesterday and revealed No Deal would cause delays to medicine imports, hike electricity prices, lead to shortages of some foods and trigger major hold-ups at channel ports.
It also warned of panic buying, disease outbreaks and disruption for passengers travelling to and from the EU.
Boris Johnson was ordered to publish the document after he chaotic day for the PM in the Commons where he was twice defeated in a vote for a general election.
He also been told to publish Cabinet papers – relating to No Deal planning and the prorogation– as well sensitive emails and texts sent by the PM’s top advisers regarding the Parliament shutdown.
It comes after a Scottish Court yesterday ruled that the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful, with the row now heading for the Supreme Court in London next week.
The “sensitive” Yellowhammer document released last night warns HGVs could face delays of nearly three days when trying to cross the Channel in a No Deal Brexit.
The supply of medicines could be hit and fresh food stocks will “decrease”.
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It admitted low-income groups will be “disproportionately affected” by price rises for food and fuel.
Some 100,000 homes may suffer water supply problems in “localised” disruption.
And the document warns “protests and counter protests” will take place across the UK – “absorbing significant amounts of police resource”.
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Protests and counter-protests will take place across the UK and may absorb “significant” amounts of police resource.
Day one after leaving the EU is a Friday which may coincide with the end of the October half-term school holidays.
Flow of cross-Channel goods could be reduced to 40% of current rates on day one, with “significant disruption lasting up to six months.”
Fresh supplies of food will decrease and will push up prices.
HGVs could face maximum delays of one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half days before being able to cross the border.
An increase in inflation would “significantly” impact adult social care providers due to increasing staff and supply costs, and may lead to provider failure.
There will be ‘increased immigation checks at EU border posts’ leading to delays.
The aim of avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland may be ‘unsustainable’.
Up to 282 EU and EEA nations fishing vessels could enter illegally which is “likely to cause anger and frustration” in the UK catching sector which could lead to clashes between fishing vessels.
Public and business readiness for a no-deal will remain at a low level and will ‘increase Brexit fatigue’.
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