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The government confronts an unreasonable worst-case scenario

Brexit and Covid are conspiring to produce chaos

By Jill Rutter  

Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Governments plan for things to go wrong. They hope that by doing that planning they can prevent the worst happening.

Back in September, Michael Gove unveiled the government’s reasonable worst-case scenario for Brexit, deal or no deal. It set out in stark terms the logistical problems that the UK could face if businesses were not sufficiently prepared for new border formalities. It introduced us to the new “Kent Access Permit,” to create an inland border and ensure the functionality of the channel ports. It also, notably, thought a winter Covid spike might actually be helpful, suppressing freight demand.

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