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On Both Sides of the English Channel, Authorities Brace for ‘No Deal’ Brexit Customs Snarls

(Max Colchester – Wall Street Journal)

Every day, around 5,000 cargo-laden trucks snake past the white chalk cliffs at this busy port and onto waiting ships that ferry them 21 miles across the English Channel to Calais in France.

Their easy progress is the result of the seamless commercial connection the U.K. has had with the continent as part of the European Union.

But with plans for a smooth exit from the bloc now stuck in Britain’s Parliament and the outcome unclear, authorities are stepping up contingency planning for what could become one of the world’s biggest traffic jams.

Without a Brexit deal in place, free trade across the Channel will end on March 30, and customs and other checks will kick in for the first time in 45 years—a change that officials warn would cause huge, cascading delays. Click here to read more.