Brexit bombshell: Michael Gove unveils ‘moment of opportunity’ in 100-day exit countdown

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A leaked letter from the Michael Gove suggested the potential delays when the EU’s rules will stop applying in the UK from January. Mr Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, is in charge of no-deal Brexit planning.

He said it is vital that the country grasps the opportunities of leaving the EU.

Mr Gove was expected to tell MPs on Wednesday: “There are now just 100 days to go until the UK leaves the single market and the customs union.

“This will be a moment of great opportunity — but also of significant change and challenge.

“It’s vital that we all take the steps required to grasp those opportunities and meet and master those challenges.”

Mr Gove was planning for the “reasonable worst-case scenario” were drivers and firms may not be ready for new paperwork at borders which could cause blockages.

Attempts to negotiate a deal with the EU in order to reduce the risk of delays continued this week.

A deal could be decided on 15 October when EU leaders will meet at a summit.

The final stages of Boris Johnson’s Internal Market Bill could be delayed until after the summit.

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, will travel to London for more informal talks with his counterpart David Frost.

A deal so far has been stalled due to disputes over state aid and fishing rights.

In Mr Gove’s worst case scenario, between 30 and 50 percent of trucks may not have the correct paperwork at borders which could increase blockages.

Mr Gove’s leaked letter said: “This could lead to maximum queues of 7,000 port-bound trucks in Kent and associated maximum delays of up to two days.”

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A Government spokesman said: “As a responsible Government we continue to make extensive preparations for a wide range of scenarios, including the reasonable worst case.”

The British Chamber of Commerce said only half of UK firms that trade internationally have fully considered the impact Brexit may have on their business.

It said 52 percent of firms had carried out a risk assessment ahead of Britain’s departure in January.

On Wednesday, Mr Gove told Parliament that it is up to firms to make sure they are prepared before the end of the transition period.

He said: “The consequences of a lack of business preparedness will be not just economic opportunities missed for those companies who don’t prepare. But potentially much wider disruption.”

Mr Gove also said there will be a simple process enforced using a “Kent access permit”.

He told Parliament: “We want to make sure that people use a relatively simple process in order to get what will become known as a Kent access permit.

“If they don’t have the material required, then it will be the case that through policing, ANPR cameras and other means, we will do our very best to ensure that … constituents [in Kent] are not inconvenienced.”

Mr Gove warned in his letter that “it is essential that traders act now and get ready for new formalities”.

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