So much for Armageddon! BBC told to APOLOGISE to Britons for Dover Brexit fearmongering
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Daniel Kawczynski made his remarks at the end of a quiet first week at the ports after the end of the transition period, with just 400 trucks passing through Calais compared with the normal tally of 2,000. The low numbers can partly be explained by the fact that in the final months of last year, traffic was much heavier as companies stocked up in preparation for a possible no-deal outcome.
However, Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Mr Kawczynski said the scenes were nevertheless a marked contrast to the chaos he accused the BBC of saying was an inevitable by-product of quitting the bloc.
He told Express.co.uk: “It was always going to be the case that traffic would continue to flow following Brexit.
“It is the responsibility of the two men running these ports to ensure the efficient flow of goods and people no matter what the circumstances.
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The BBC continued to paint an almost Armageddon picture on a daily basis to viewers
“We briefed the media almost on a daily basis that the investment was going in and yet the BBC continued to paint an almost Armageddon picture on a daily basis to viewers.
“Scaring them that they would not get their medicines or food.”
Mr Kawczynski, who also tweeted about the issue yesterday, added: “Now we see the reality of the situation and despite the scaremongering of the BBC everything is fine.
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“I call on Director General of BBC to apologise for the poor and unprofessional way they have dealt with this situation.
“We all know the BBC aid the last remaining major Remain body in Britain but they should not be using their power and influence to try to influence government negotiations with a foreign power.”
Speaking to Politico, Marc Declunder, the French customs manager overseeing Brexit freight flows in Calais, said: “The date, January 1, was well-chosen.
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“There are much fewer freight movements. So that’s allowing us to bolster the different procedures.”
Mr Declunder said he had been reassured the post-Brexit system works, while stressing: “It’s like an actor performing on stage.
“He knows his role well, but he nonetheless feels a bit stressed. That’s what it was.”
Meanwhile, Richard Ballantyne, chief executive of the British Ports Authority, said the situation at Portsmouth, Dover and Newhaven since the start of the year was “nowhere near” the UK government’s worst-case scenario from last year.
He added: “There have been a few lorries that have been turned around from UK ports because the carriers know that when they get to France or the Netherlands or wherever it is there will be problems.
“But that’s kind of rare, I would say.”
The Port of Dover has said roughly 1,000 trucks were passing through a day so far in 2021, without any major problems.
Nevertheless, the freight industry is preparing for traffic to rebuild to its usual volumes.
Predictions of disruption were a common theme among Remainers in the four years which followed the 2016 referendum.
Brexiteers regularly countered by claiming such fears were significantly exaggerated.
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