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A petition calling for a massive Brexit lorry park being built in the English county of Kent to be named after prominent Leave campaigner Nigel Farage is going viral.
The lorry park in Sevington, called the ‘Sevington Inland Border Facility,’ is being built on a 66-acre stretch of land and once completed will have enough room to hold up to 1,700 lorries.
The petition calls on Kent County Council to name one of the several new sites being developed by the UK government after the former UKIP leader, stating “without his years of selfish grift, dissembling and misapplied zeal on the behalf of the more gullible voters of Kent this project just would not be happening.”
It had over 2,100 signatures at the time of writing and “The Farage Garage” was trending on Twitter.
Boris Johnson’s UK government has plans to build the infrastructure needed for leaving the EU’s trading rules at ten sites across the UK, with four in the county of Kent: two in Ashford, one Ebbsfleet, and potentially another in Dover.
The lorry parks mapped below, makeup just one strand of the UK government’s preparations for leaving the Brexit transition period at the end of the year.
On January 1, the UK will no longer be in the EU’s single market and customs union, meaning there will be new customs and regulatory checks on goods moving between the UK and its biggest trading partner. UK officials estimate that there will be over 400 million additional customs checks a year on goods going to and from the EU as of 2021.
The county of Kent has become the epicentre of the UK’s Brexit preparations and will feel the brunt of any disruption at the start of next year. The UK government estimates that in a worst-case scenario there will be queues of up to 7,000 lorries on the motorway through Kent due to delays at the port of Dover.
Johnson’s government is developing a traffic-management system called “Check An HGV Is Ready To Cross The Border” which will require lorry drivers heading to the EU via Dover to secure a permit before being able to enter the county of Kent. Lorry drivers who don’t have a permit will be held at the new lorry parks in order to reduce congestion on the motorway. The government also preparing to turn a 15-mile stretch of motorway in Kent into a contraflow system, under plans called “Operation Brock.”
Plans for multiple sites in Kent have led to suggestions that the UK government is turning the “Garden of England” into the “lorry park of England.” The petition says: “For the foreseeable future everyone should genuinely be able to refer to this diesel soaked Valhalla as Nigel’s Folly.”
It emerged on Thursday that the UK government was planning to put porta-loo toilets and other facilities beside the motorway in Kent for lorry drivers who find themselves stuck in traffic heading to Dover.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics