A no deal Brexit will be a disaster for businesses in east Kent, says Rosie Duffield.
Canterbury and Whitstable Labour MP spoke out after the government published documents which aimed to give guidance in the event of no deal being struck ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU in March.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab says the papers offer “practical and proportionate” advice in case the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
But Ms Duffield says the Conservative government only has itself to blame for a no deal scenario and warned such an outcome would seriously affect commercial interests in Kent
“It would be a complete disaster,” Ms Duffield said, “and it’s quite embarrassing that Dominic Raab had to make a speech preparing us for the fact that there’s nothing [the Conservatives] have done.
“We really are facing a potentially no deal situation. That’s just not viable.
“Certainly living in Canterbury so close to Dover what I’m worried about is the knock-on effect for the port and the traffic and lorries backing up on the motorway.
“This is going to affect businesses all over Kent. We need to get to an agreement.
“So many businesses are really worried – small and big businesses, breweries in my constituency that export, even Whitstable oysters that export to the continent.
“They are all really worried and nobody knows where they are. So it’s a bit of an embarrassment for the government.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexiteer MP, has told newsmen that the risks of leaving the EU without a deal have been exaggerated and that Britain would fall back on World Trade Organisation rules for its international commercial dealings.