Local MP challenges Prime Minister on Kent jobs after Brexit.

Faversham and Kent MP Mrs Helen Whately who represents Hollingbourne has been asking Mrs May, the Prime Minister, that jobs will be safe after Brexit.

The transcript of her question and answer from Hansard appears below.

Mrs Helen Whately, Faversham and Mid Kent.

On Friday I visited a haulage business in my constituency, and the owner told me how worried he is about the possibility of no deal and how it will affect his business. Does my right hon. Friend agree that, when we come to vote on the withdrawal agreement, we must remember the importance not only of honouring the referendum result but of the jobs and livelihoods that depend on trade with the European Union?

(Citation: HC Deb, 10 December 2018, c52)

Mrs Theresa May, The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party.

It is very important both that we deliver on the result of the referendum and that we recognise the need to do that in a way that enables us to leave in a smooth and orderly way and that does, indeed, protect those many jobs that depend on the trading relationship with the European Union.

Other local Brexit newsThe Guardian has reported of the possibility of further Customs delays of up to 8 hours at Dover and Eurotunnel for vehicles carrying foodstuffs in particular. This may affect Operation Brock which includes using the coastbound side of the M20 from Hollingbourne to Ashford as a lorry park for vehicles awaiting Customs at Dover and Eurotunnel. Operation Brock, which also includes using the M26 and Manston Airport, is designed to hold 10,000 vehicles for an average of just over 24 hours on the assumption that the average Customs processing time is 20-30 minutes (against 2 minutes at present). An increase from this time to a number of hours will have a very serious impact on traffic both in Kent and the Pas de Calais. Please see https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/11/dover-checks-would-take-eight-hours-per-lorry-in-no-deal-brexit

 

Faversham and Mid Kent MP Mrs Helen Whately.