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The UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016.

We have been working with partners across the county to make sure the borough is ready for how Brexit could impact the area both in terms of the work of the council and the possible impact on businesses, residents and visitors.

For the most up-to-date information on Brexit, including advice on a no-deal situation, business guidance and more, see the UK Government website.

The site also provides information to assist:

Traffic preparation

Operation Brock is a set of measures to keep the M20 open in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 in the event of disruption to services across the English Channel, by using different holding areas.

These new measures will be in effect from Monday 25 March (6am).

The measures will include a contraflow on the M20 from north of Junction 8 (for Maidstone) to Junction 9 (for Ashford:

  • M20, J8 to J9 coastbound: used exclusively for freight heading coastbound;
  • M20, J8 to J9 London-bound: used for regular traffic. Four lanes (including the hard shoulder) will be split into 2 lanes heading coastbound (regular traffic) and 2 lanes heading London-bound (regular traffic and freight).
  • There will be no access for regular traffic coastbound from Junction 8 of the M20; vehicles joining at this junction will need to travel London-bound to Junction 7 and turn around to join the contraflow.
Visit the Operation Brock website to find out more about the plans. 

Household readiness

We have been working as part of the Kent Resilience Forum to plan for potential travel disruption in the borough. Whilst there are plans in place to minimise any possible disruption, there could still be an impact on local roads, and others around the county.

In case you do become stuck in your car due to congestion, it's suggested you should carry:

  • Medication 
  • Food and water
  • Phone charger
  • Blankets
  • Torch (including spare batteries)
To keep up to date on traffic conditions around Kent you can:

Business readiness 

The UK Government has launched a business readiness website, which includes a tool to enable you to understand how leaving the EU may affect your business and what you can do to get ready.

The website is divided into sections, including:

  • Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU - Use this tool and answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to your business.
  • Employing EU citizens - Changes to areas include movement of people, settled status and qualifications
  • Importing, exporting and transporting - Changes to areas include importing or exporting goods, moving goods across borders, haulage permits, customs and tax.
  • Operating in the EU - Changes if your business operates in the European Union.
  • Regulation and standards for products and goods - Changes if you sell physical products or goods in the UK.
  • Using personal data - Changes to exchanging personal data with another organisation in Europe.
  • European and domestic funding - Changes to funding for areas include research and higher education, social and structural development and sector-specific funds.
  • Intellectual property - Changes to areas include copyrights, trademarks and patents.
  • Energy and climate - Changes to areas include energy, renewables, the nuclear industry and regulated carbon emissions
  • Public sector procurement - Changes to areas include government contracts

Technical Notices

The UK Government has published a collection of technical notices on how to prepare if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019. These cover a whole range of topics including importing and exporting; meeting business regulations; and workplace rights.

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