MPs visit Port of Dover ahead of Brexit day

The Port of Dover hosted Brexit-backing Conservative MPs to discuss their plans to keep freight traffic moving smoothly after the UK leaves the European Union. The visit last Friday (March 1st) was organised by myself.

Former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson MP and Marcus Fysh MP joined me for talks with port chiefs at Harbour House. We then visited traffic control in the Eastern Docks – to see first-hand how the port keeps lorries, cars and coaches moving freely.

It was the second time in the space of two weeks that Mr Paterson and Mr Fysh had visited Dover. They also met with local customs agents in February – who insist they can be ready for Brexit, deal or no deal. We are urging the Government to engage more with the East Kent customs experts.

It's been great to welcome Owen and Marcus to Dover – so they can see first-hand how we can make Brexit work here at the Channel Ports. The Port of Dover has a clear plan to keep lorries moving through the docks. This is vital as we must ensure traffic is kept out of Dover town.

I have urged Ministers to engage more with the custom agents we have here in our historic corner of Kent. People seem to have forgotten that these guys made things work before we joined the EU's Single Market – and they have the expertise to make it work again!