Transport Secretary Says MOD Military Planners Working For “No Deal” Brexit

Posted on January 14, 2019

Military planners have reportedly been assigned to key government departments as officials try to avoid problems in the event of a no-deal Brexit. According to The Observer, 14 military planners have been deployed. Their role is understood to be exercise planning and overall command and control duties.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson told the newspaper that it routinely worked with other government departments. The move is believed to be in response to fears of major backlogs, involving lorries and goods at ports such as Dover, if there is no longer frictionless trade with EU nations.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told Sky News’s “Sophy Ridge On Sunday” that he talks to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson “quite regularly” about no-deal Brexit planning. But he said he does not have the military “actively involved” in no-deal planning beyond the secondment of a “small number” of staff from the Ministry of Defence. Mr Grayling also said: “I have not asked for military support for the operations in Kent – that will be handled by Highways England and Kent Police.”

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