Operation Brock is getting a £20 million funding boost as part of the Government’s preparations to leave the EU on 31 October.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has secured the extra funding to ensure Operation Brock – designed to keep the M20 open in the event of disruption to services across the English Channel – can be implemented effectively, if needed.
People in Kent could bear the brunt of any disruption caused by leaving the EU without a deal. I stressed this when I met the Transport Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, today (4 September) and pressed him to make sure all contingencies are in place ahead of Brexit next month.
Much of this funding is for contingency planning. Ideally, we won’t get delays at the ports and we won’t get Operation Brock, but if it is needed, it needs to work properly. This includes making sure border checks are ready and the police and local authorities have all the powers they need.
We have to hold our nerve in these negotiations with Brussels. Whilst I want to see the Prime Minster get a good deal with the EU, it’s responsible to plan ahead and make sure we’re prepared for any outcome.