Dominic Raab under fire over Dover-Calais comments

Dominic Raab under fire over Dover-Calais comments

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab launches attack on Theresa Mays Cabinet boss for going behind his back over I

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Brexit secretary hadnt quite understood the full extent to which UK was reliant on the strait

Speaking at an event on Brexit and the tech industry, Raab said that consumers would lose out if new rules create delays at the border.

Read more In comments reported by the Politico website, he said: I hadnt quite understood the full extent of this, but if you look at the UK and look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing.

And that is one of the reasons why we have wanted to make sure we have a specific and very proximate relationship with the EU, to ensure frictionless trade at the border … I dont think it is a question so much of the risk of major shortages, but I think probably the average consumer might not be aware of the full extent to which the choice of goods that we have in the stores are dependent on one or two very specific trade routes.

“And thats one of the reasons why, and theres been a lot of controversy about this, but one of the reasons why we wanted to make sure that we have a very specific and very proximate relationship with the EU to ensure frictionless trade at the border, particularly for just-in-time manufacturing goods whether its pharmaceutical goods or perishable goods like food.”

Politicians and campaigners, including the scientist and broadcaster Brian Cox, reacted to his words with surprise and alarm.

“I dont think its a question so much of the risk of major shortages but I think probably the average consumer might not be aware of the full extent to which the choice of goods that we have in the stores are dependent on one or two very specific trade routes.”

Jenny Chapman, the shadow Brexit minister, said: How are we meant to trust this government to deliver a good deal for the country when we have a Brexit secretary who doesnt even understand the very basics of Brexit?

Read more Labour MP Jo Stevens of Best for Britain, an anti-Brexit group, said: We finally have an admission of what weve known all along – that the Brexiteers hadnt really thought through any of the impacts of leaving the EU. These comments are shocking.

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