Hampshire motorway ‘may become lorry park after no-deal Brexit’
A 20-mile section of motorway in Hampshire could be closed and turned into a lorry park if there are severe delays at Dover or Calais in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Vince Cable has been told.
Portsmouth is preparing to act as a relief port to Dover if there are serious delays at Calais, but like the cliffside Kent town, it cannot accommodate queuing lorries.
The M3 contingency between Winchester and Basingstoke is one option being considered by a resilience forum in Hampshire involving local councils and emergency services.
The “worst-case scenario” was revealed to Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, as he visited Portsmouth international port on Tuesday to learn of preparations for the UK’s departure from the EU.
“What I am very concerned about is that the government simply hasn’t thought through this no-deal Brexit that they talk about. It is a very amateurish, Dad’s Army approach,” he said.