'Is this taking back control?': Brexiteers ridiculed over bizarre plans for 'border' around Kent

Joanna Taylor
Thursday 24 September 2020 09:45
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When Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016, needing a permit to enter Kent wasn't exactly the kind of radical change anyone had in mind.

And yet, under new rules announced by Michael Gove and coming into effect next year in the instance of a no deal Brexit, lorry drivers will need a Kent Access Permit (KAP) to enter the county if they're delivering more than 7.5 tonnes of goods to be ferried to EU countries.

The point of the permit, according to the government, is to try to stop enormous queues of lorries from forming in front of the English Channel.

But the plan has been ridiculed as "pointless and probably counterproductive" by road haulage groups and likened to an "honesty box system" as KAPs will allegedly be issued to all lorry drivers who claim their paperwork is in order, without any further checks.

People are also very amused by the idea of there being a 'border' around Kent.

Obviously, there won't legally be a border and Kent isn't actually leaving the UK, but the parallels are there.

Who knew that Brexit actually means... Kentxit?

The government is being mocked for creating a "bureaucratic bonanza".

Surely this isn't what anyone voted for?

Gove's emergency no deal planning will come into effect if the UK can't negotiate a Brexit deal with the EU by the end of the transition period on 31 December.

This is looking increasingly likely as the government seeks to "rip up" parts of their initial agreement with the EU by pushing the Internal Markets Bill through parliament. In doing so, they will break international law.

But really, we only have ourselves to blame.

Because when Boris Johnson repeatedly said he has an "oven ready Brexit deal" ahead of December's general election, what we obviously should have heard is 'we're going to rip up our agreement with the EU and crash out anyway, and throw a de facto border around Kent in the process'.

Obviously...

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