NEXT move on time deliveries from Calais

bobk

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Even if the UK ports wave everything through, Lord Wolfson concedes that the government cannot influence what will happen on the other side. He said that Next had moved all its imports and exports out of Calais to other ports.
There will be some who will say that redirecting all your business away from Calais does not square with being confident that all will go smoothly.
He did concede that at bottlenecks like Calais, there was a chance that smaller companies without the right preparation could cause a big problem by getting in the way of everyone else. If that was the case, we would need to get them out of the way - sending them back to the EU empty if necessary.
 

Danllan

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Even if the UK ports wave everything through, Lord Wolfson concedes that the government cannot influence what will happen on the other side. He said that Next had moved all its imports and exports out of Calais to other ports.
There will be some who will say that redirecting all your business away from Calais does not square with being confident that all will go smoothly.
He did concede that at bottlenecks like Calais, there was a chance that smaller companies without the right preparation could cause a big problem by getting in the way of everyone else. If that was the case, we would need to get them out of the way - sending them back to the EU empty if necessary.
I have heard and seen several interviews with the Mayor of Calais and it's Port Manager, both have repeatedly said that there won't be any hold-ups down to them and what's happening in Calais itself, but that they had no say in what happens beyond there - this was a pointed reference to President Macron.

If the Calais lot do find their central government being difficult and that they lose business to Rotterdam, Antwerp etc. as a result, there will - I suspect - be an almighty political row about it.
 

bobk

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stafford
I have heard and seen several interviews with the Mayor of Calais and it's Port Manager, both have repeatedly said that there won't be any hold-ups down to them and what's happening in Calais itself, but that they had no say in what happens beyond there - this was a pointed reference to President Macron.

If the Calais lot do find their central government being difficult and that they lose business to Rotterdam, Antwerp etc. as a result, there will - I suspect - be an almighty political row about it.
The problem is ports and airports are effectively run by the Douanes , they make or break the system .
 
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Mek

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The Maire of Calais and the port manager will have about as much control over the whole process as the Mayor of Dover would.
 

rob1

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wiltshire
when Ive travelled through the channel tunnel the french customs are in folkestone and the uk ones in calais, so why should there be queues in france, I cant see us holding stuff up, now if the french want to make a point on behalf of the eu political leaders then the queues will be in england, unless of course the French want to STOP SELLING us stuff
 

bobk

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stafford
when Ive travelled through the channel tunnel the french customs are in folkestone and the uk ones in calais, so why should there be queues in france, I cant see us holding stuff up, now if the french want to make a point on behalf of the eu political leaders then the queues will be in england, unless of course the French want to STOP SELLING us stuff
Not entirely correct , in Dover you have British customs and french passport control . jn calais it's t'other way round
 

Exfarmer

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Bury St Edmunds
when Ive travelled through the channel tunnel the french customs are in folkestone and the uk ones in calais, so why should there be queues in france, I cant see us holding stuff up, now if the french want to make a point on behalf of the eu political leaders then the queues will be in england, unless of course the French want to STOP SELLING us stuff
You are of course correct, the French will be going through lorries with a fine tooth comb at Folkestone, while UK customs in Calais will be drinking tea in the mess hut
 
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bobk

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stafford
Whereever it will be the French who do the checking and ensure the lengthy hold up for British Exporters and truckers. The uK authorities would not dream of any such Mischeiveness.
We will continue to import all manner of ****
Without doubt , that's why the tunnel is as dead as a dodo .
 

Mek

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My understanding is that French Mayors have significantly more power and influence than those here in the UK.
French Maires do not have the same power as they used to have, and it is fairly localised to their own communes. They have very little sway over national or governmental policy.
 

arcobob

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Norfolk
My experience of French mayors in small rural communities is that thy are a throwback to the feudal system. They certainly seemed to serve a useful purpose in keeping the community together, helping root out disruptive elements and making sure that kids went to school. I think the mayor of Calais was commenting on his take on the state of affairs in which he would have an in depth knowledge but little influence.
 

Danllan

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Sir Gar / Carms
French Maires do not have the same power as they used to have, and it is fairly localised to their own communes. They have very little sway over national or governmental policy.
I simply don't know enough about French constitutional matters and domestic politics to comment further than I have. However, the Calais Commune covers the relevant area we are discussing, and 'swaying' government policy is not the same as embarrassing a government.
 

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