No-deal lorry experiment is waste of time, say truckers

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Prominent Brexiteer Peter Bone said a no-deal scenario was the only way to guarantee the United Kingdom actually leaves the EU.

Among the possible outcomes of a Commons defeat for Mrs May's deal could be a general election.

The trucks drove around the port of Dover and returned to Manston for a second exercise later on Monday.

The transport ministry said it was testing Manston airfield as a holding facility for lorries and traffic congestion on Kent roads in the event of disruption at the border.

HGVs would be diverted from the Port of Dover to Manston and the A256.

Cliffsend Parish Council was told of the trial - which involves lorries assembling at Manston at 8am and then following the route to Dover - only last week.

Pro-Europeans fear Britain's exit from the European Union will undermine the West as it grapples with Donald Trump's unpredictable USA presidency and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

Mr Elphicke added that sending lorry drivers to Manston Airfield would be too hard to explain to foreign lorry drivers. "This is a taxpayer-funded farce", Moran said.

The criticism comes just days after questions were raised over a £13.8million no-deal Brexit contract awarded by DfT to a ferry company which has not yet run services and faced accusations it copied part of its terms and conditions from a takeaway firm.

But pro-Europeans fear Britain's exit will hammer the economy and undermine the West as it grapples with Donald Trump's unpredictable USA presidency and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

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In his weekly column, Mr. Johnson said that a no-deal Brexit is "perhaps, that this option is closest to what people actually voted for".

"Too little too late - window dressing", he added. "At this late stage it looks like window dressing".

On the eve of MPs returning to Parliament, May wrote a column for the Mail on Sunday in which she sought to sway her rebel lawmakers - mainly by playing the jobs card. The EU has signalled it may try to allay the fears of May's critics but will not renegotiate the deal.

Last week, a Downing Street source suggested Mrs May could ask MPs to vote again and again on her deal to get it through Parliament.

May said the vote in parliament would be around 15 January, as expected, contrary to reports she could delay it.

"It's still hard to see any upside to Brexit", said Mike Hawes, CEO of the SMMT auto industry association, which said new vehicle sales in 2018 fell at their fastest rate since the global financial crisis a decade ago.

The survey of more than 25,000 voters also showed that 41 percent of Britons thought the final decision about Brexit should be made by a new public vote versus 36 percent who believe it should be up to parliament.

The U.K. Labour party may face an electoral wipeout if its members of Parliament back Theresa May's Brexit deal, rather than a second referendum on European Union membership.

On the other side of the divide, pro-EU veteran Ken Clarke said May's deal - which he would be prepared to support - is "dying" and he would be "amazed" if the mood of MPs had changed over the Christmas break.