Nearly £300,000 in Brexit preparation cash is being handed to Dover District Council (DDC). The Government funding boost is to be used to plan for the impact of leaving the European Union at the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.
DDC acts as the Port Health Authority at both the Dover docks and Channel Tunnel – and will receive £272,724 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Folkestone and Hythe District Council will also receive funds.
It comes after I held crunch talks with Communities Secretary James Brokenshire earlier this month – demanding more cash for the Channel Ports. I've long been fighting for more funding to boost Brexit preparations at the Dover frontline. So I'm delighted ministers have listened and handed more than £500,000 extra cash to support our local councils' work at the Channel Ports. It's vital that we are ready on day one to leave the EU and keep trade flowing across the border.
Today's announcement is a welcome step forward. I will keep doing everything I can in Parliament to make our case – and urge transport chiefs to ensure traffic is kept out of Dover town.