10.10.2018 | EU ramps up emergency plans - 'moment of truth' looms
Source - The Daily Express
Governments and businesses are stepping up contingency plans as the EU braces itself for Britain leaving the bloc without a deal.
This month, the French government approved the deployment of 700 additional frontier guards. The force will control trucks arriving by ferry or through the Eurotunnel from the UK.
French Minister of European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau has also submitted a bill to Europe’s Council of Ministers to allow President Emmanuel Macron to issue emergency decrees if Brexit harms France.
Ms Loiseau said: "A good deal on Britain's exit is still possible.
“But we have to be prepared for all scenarios, even for a no-deal.
“We owe it to our citizens, to our companies and to the British citizens in France that we are prepared for anything.
“We are not the only ones making these preparations, but other EU member states are as well. The British are preparing too.”
Meanwhile, EU governments are preparing to reintroduce border controls.
The Netherlands has stationed 1,000 additional border guards over concerns about Brexit.
Belgium has added 141 guards to its border force.
The EU rejected Prime Minister Theresa May Chequers plan at last month’s Salzburg summit.
With uncertainties over Brexit swirling over Europe, France has also admitted it is also concerned over French residents living in the UK.
There are also 1.2million Britons living in the EU who are campaigning to maintain existing rights.
EU businesses are also preparing for the effect of a no-deal Brexit across the continent, with companies stockpiling to guard against a blocked Uk-EU border.
Detlef Trefzger, chief executive of German logistics group Kuehne-Nagel, told the Journal of Commerce: "Our customers have begun to store supplies in the UK and are asking for additional capacity for six to twelve months as a buffer until they have a better idea of what the consequences will be.”