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Eurostar dismisses queue chaos over no-deal Brexit

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Channel Tunnel firm Eurostar has said warnings of queue chaos over a no-deal Brexit can be avoided, at London’s St. Pancras station.

Mike Cooper, chief executive of Eurostar said to the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, the leaked document from the department for transport (DfT) over passenger queue chaos over a hard Brexit was “misleading.”

The leaked document from DfT claimed queues of up to 15,000 people a day will face chaos due to rigorous passport checks.

Cooper added Eurostar are “clearly hoping for the best but, we are planning for all eventualities.”

Cooper said he was as “confident as I possibly can be at this stage” and there will be no mile-long queues.

When he was asked, if manual passport checks could be avoided, he replied, “There is still 24 days to go and there is work still to be completed … we are in a great position, we have got operating licences in place, our safety certificates will be valid, e-gates will be valid and will be used as well.”

Adding, the authorities were “engaged” and “pragmatic” over Brexit.

“We have no intention at the moment to plan any changes to the timetable.

“We are confident we are getting good levels of engagement with Government, with control authorities, with our station partners, people seem determined to keep the services running.”




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