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The Conservative leader of Kent warns Boris Johnson that businesses aren't ready for new Brexit border rules

Added 09-26-20 04:14:02am EST - “Roger Gough, the leader of Kent County Council, said a "big concern" was that businesses would not be ready for new trading rules in January.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The Conservative leader of Kent warns Boris Johnson that businesses aren't ready for new Brexit border rules”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The leader of Kent — the English county at the frontline of Britain's post-Brexit border with Europe — has warned Boris Johnson's government that businesses are a long way from being ready to leave EU rules in just over three months.

Kent, in Southeast England, hit the headlines this week after the UK government confirmed that transit vehicles will require a permit to enter the county once Britain leaves EU trading rules at the end of 2020.

Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, revealed that police would help make sure truckers have the correct paperwork — a Kent Access Permit — before entering the county and heading to the Port of Dover. It is part of a new traffic-management plan called The Smart Freight System.

The so-called Kent passport highlighted growing fears among the UK business community that the country is unprepared for life after Britain fully leaves the EU.

Gove this week warned that there could be queues of up to 7,000 trucks on the motorway if not enough businesses who export to the EU were ready for new checks on their goods, which don't currently take place.

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