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Dover Brexit Taskforce

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Cllr Keith Morris, Leader of Dover District Council, has convened a Dover Brexit Taskforce to consider the local impact and opportunity of Brexit on the Dover district. 

Membership includes: 

  • Charlie Elphicke MP (Dover & Deal): Chair of the Dover Brexit Taskforce
  • Craig Mackinlay MP (Thanet South, Member of the Commons Select Committee on Exiting the EU)
  • Cllr Keith Morris, Leader of Dover District Council 
  • Cllr Bob Bayford, Leader of Thanet District Council 
  • Nadeem Aziz, Chief Executive, Dover District Council
  • Madeline Homer, Chief Executive, Thanet District Council 
  • Cllr Mark Dance, Kent County Council, Cabinet Member for Economic Development
  • Tim Reardon, Head of EU Exit, Port of Dover 
  • Richard Christian, Head of Policy & Communication, Port of Dover
  • John Keefe, Director of Public Affairs, GetLink
  • Jack Hart, Head of Strategy and Engagement (Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner)
  • Mark Weller, Chief Inspector, Kent Police Hauts-de-France Regional Representative 
  • Tim Ingleton, Head of Inward Investment, Dover District Council

Key issues identified by the Taskforce include:

  • Knock-on effects of increased border controls and port dwell times on local roads and communities, including air quality
  • Urgent need for investment in critical road infrastructure (A2 dualling, M2 improvements, Lower Thames crossing, lorry parking)
  • Identifying opportunities for new technologies to help create a ‘frictionless’ border
  • Maximising opportunities created by ‘Brexit’ (e.g. freight forwarding jobs)
  • Resource implications for Port Health under a ‘hard border’  
  • Impact of ‘Brexit’ perception on inward investment and tourism
  • Maintaining the strong working relationship with local authorities in the Pas-de-Calais

More than any other town in the UK, Dover will be in the spotlight as Brexit draws nearer.  A key role for the Taskforce is to ensure that the negative perceptions created by Brexit do not adversely affect the district’s inward investment and tourism agendas.   The Taskforce last met in September 2019 (meeting notes not yet available).  

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