No-deal Brexit lorry test branded ‘pointless farce’ after 89 vehicles show up

No-deal Brexit lorry test branded 'pointless farce' after 89 vehicles show up

The Government’s no-deal Brexit lorry test was branded a pointless farce by critics after fewer than 100 lorries turned up – but officials insisted it was worthwhile.

Department for Transport (DfT) and Kent County Council defended the practice run of Operation Brock, which saw lorries descend on Manston Airport near Ramsgate and travel to Dover on Monday morning.

The Government plans to use the airfield as a giant HGV holding bay to prevent traffic jams around Channel ports if there is UK border disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Authorities hoped up to 150 trucks would be involved, according to letters which emerged last week, but 89 arrived on the morning at the disused airfield which has a capacity of just under 4,000.

Some 10,000 lorries may be held on Kent roads on a routine basis if there is no deal, the council previously warned.

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