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‘Eat humble pie’ Kent councillor hails Brexit success as Project Fear ‘proved wrong’

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The councillor from Kent blast Remain supporters for spreading fears of chaos at the borders following the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31. Cllr Chilton told talkRADIO host Mike Graham “the sky hasn’t fallen in” and blasted Project Fear as “nonsense” sprouted by Remainers. Lorries and trade have been flowing freely between Dover and Calais despite doomsday predictions of tailbacks and long delays for goods heading back and forth across the channel. 

Cllr Chilton said: “I’m down here in Kent, of course now that we are under a kind of police state, I haven’t been able to go to the motorway and check but as far as I am aware the motorways are flowing freely.

“The ferries are crossing, the trains are working, there is still food in the supermarkets.

“The sky hasn’t fallen in.”

He added: “All the nonsense, and it was absolute nonsense, I can think of a stronger word beginning with B but I won’t use it, that was sprouted by Remainers has all not happened.”

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The Kent councillor continued: “Really they should be eating some humble pie and apologising for the chaos they have caused they have cause for the past four years.

“Now let us all get together and make sure out time outside the European Union is a great success as I am sure it will be.” 

France’s leading customs chiefs claimed doing business with Europe is more attractive than ever for British exporters, one of France’s leading customs chiefs.

Jean-Michel Thillier, the head customs official for the Hauts-de-France region, insisted the Dover-Calais route is now “more attractive than in the past”.

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Even with new paperwork requirements, he said his team of officers in northern France had managed to process thousands of lorries with ease

In an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Thillier reported there had been no technical hitches since the system was rolled out fully on New Year’s Day and said it is ready to rapidly process more than 10,000 lorries a day.

The official said: “The link between Calais, the United Kingdom and the EU carries characteristics that cannot be found anywhere. The very short duration of the crossing and frequency of the rotation makes this crossing particularly attractive.

“All of the preparatory work carried out by customs to set up a system as automated as possible, integrating the new formalities and the controls requested by the new context, are the reason that now and in the future it is as attractive, and maybe more attractive than in the past.”

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Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said the Government had worked hard to ensure businesses were ready for the new trading relationship between the UK and EU.

He said: “We’ve put in place significant plans to minimise disruption following the exit from the single market and the customs union.

“The number of problems since the start of the new year has been low and was expected.

“We continue to work with businesses to ensure they prepared and ready for the customs checks and to ensure they know what they need to do between the short strait.”

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