Thousands of vehicles could be turned away from the port of Holyhead for being ‘non-compliant’ after a no deal Brexit.
Department for Transport documents dated August 2019 seen by the Financial Times show that about two-thirds of vehicles would not be allowed into the port because drivers did not have the correct permits or had not completed the appropriate paperwork.
The documents marked ‘official sensitive’ refer to the ports of Liverpool, Portsmouth and Holyhead.
“One hundred per cent of non-compliant vehicles will be turned away, which means the resulting flow rate is 29 per cent at Holyhead, Heysham and Liverpool, and 32 per cent at Portsmouth,” the document says.
A source told the Financial Times that queues at these ports would only remain manageable because so many vehicles would be turned away.
“Yellowhammer didn’t give us the full picture . . . one could say it was seriously misleading,” the source said, referring to a no deal worst case scenario plan released by the UK Government last week.
That document predicted queues of one and a half to two and a half days at ports in the UK for up to three months after a no deal Brexit.
Andy McDonald, shadow transport secretary, said the DfT was “not being straight with the public” by only publishing selective assumptions that were “practically meaningless”.
“Much of the analysis only seems to consider those vehicles which have the correct paperwork and totally overlooks the impact of those HGVs which won’t,” he said.