Notes from the front line: truckers brace for no-deal

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Only now, with the rapid approach of Brexit, is essential information reaching transporters

Queues and delays are expected at Dover in the event of a no-deal BrexitGARETH FULLER/PA

The last time that Tony Thompson received some government guidance on how to prepare for Brexit he described it as “useful — for putting my coffee cup on”. However, the director of Comfret TTD, a small, Dover-based haulage company that makes runs to France every day, is more impressed with recent efforts by officials to get his industry ready for the prospect of leaving the European Union without a deal in less than six weeks’ time. “Quite comprehensive,” is how Mr Thompson, 58, describes a new planning document for hauliers. The only problem is he wasn’t sent the guidance by the government; he was shown it by The Times.

“This is the first time I have seen this and it’s likely other exporters and importers…

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