Brexit: Disbelief after minister claims traffic jams in Dover are because of EU

Brexit: Disbelief after minister claims traffic jams in Dover are because of EU
Natalie Elphicke claims traffic jams in Dover are because of Brussels bureaucracy ...

A Tory MP has left people rolling their eyes after she blamed the EU, not Brexit, for traffic jams near the port of Dover.

Speaking in the house of commons on Wednesday, Natalie Elphicke asked the prime minister to meet with her to deal with Dover traffic jams, and blamed the EU for the issues people are experiencing in the area.

She said:

"Dover is once again beset by miles of traffic jams along the motorways affecting residents and local businesses alike, not because of Brexit, but because of Brussels bureaucracy and red tape."

Johnson replied: "She's absolutely right in what she says".

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It comes after numerous reports of long queues of HGV lorry drivers struggling to get into the port this year, in part due to post Brexit checks on the border which came into force last year.

Rod McKenzie, executive director for policy and public affairs for the Road Haulage Association, released a statement saying that post-Brexit border checks "mean friction where none existed" while the public spending watchdog found that there have been more border delays since Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Meanwhile, the Port has previously blamed a spike in freight traffic for the jams.

Reacting to the Dover MP's argument, people took to Twitter to tell her they thought she was completely wrong:

Elphicke told indy100: “As the most popular route to the continent, Dover has had traffic queues long before the EU referendum. In 2016, there were three days of tailbacks to Dover with 250,000 people caught up in the gridlock.

“In 2015 a ‘temporary’ new system, the Dover TAP, was brought in. It has been activated hundreds of times, before and after Britain left the EU. The highest TAP year was 2017 - which was before Brexit.

“As a major port area, we trade with France and the rest of the EU successfully every day. We just need to make sure that Brussels Bureaucrats don’t undermine that with their unnecessary red tape, and that we invest in the Dover road network too.”

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