Jacob Rees-Mogg admitted that wrong say that there will be no delays in the port of Dover caused the UK’s exit from the EU.
But the possibilities of Brexit minister supported government the line drawn by the French, not Brexit. caused recent delays, in radio interview on Tuesday.
LBC radio echoed a 2018 statement when it insisted that “there will be no need for checks at Dover” and he was clear that “the delays will not be at Dover, but at Calais.”
Rees-Mogg blamed Paris for “delays created by the French” witnessed recently before being asked if he would apologize for get it wrong.
“Yes, of of course I understood wrong but I understood wrong for the right of reason, so to speak way,” he said.
“I meant that the only delays would be caused French, if they decide not to allow British people to pass through freely. They decided to do it.”
Rees-Mogg went on suggest that the British may believe that “a trip to Portugal more fun because the portuguese want us it is difficult for the French to go.”
“Why should we go and spend our hard-earned money in France if the French are not want us? he asked before insisting he didn’t call for a boycott.
Authorities in Dover announced critical incident as traffic congestion meant delays of up up to five to six hours and volunteers giving out water in bumper to bumper movement.
Both ports of Dover and Eurotunnel serving rail and car rail services across the English Channel, said the delays were caused additional checks needed on British passports.
In accordance with the Le Touquet agreement between France and Britain, French border personnel are stationed on British side of channel.
Before Brexit, when freedom of movement existed for EU citizens, officials were required check only passports for identification purposes, face matching of in people in cars with their passports and ensuring that the document is in date.
After Brexit other travels rules apply for all third country nationals.
UK citizens can still travel visa-free to the EU, but only for 90 day period in any 180 day period.
This means that officials at the French border controls must put a stamp in every passport record entry and exit and also check passport for previous brands to ensure The 90-day limit has not been violated.
Port of Dover said two weekends ago what that led to in checks on average of 90 seconds compared with 48 seconds to Brexit.
The authorities acknowledged that also a problem with deficit of employees for hours on Friday, July 22, but it only lasted about two hours.
Port of Dover has increased its number of cabins for checking passports from six up to nine in June for preparation for weekends of 22 July. It was the weekend after school in England broke up for summer holidays, traditionally the busiest days for tourist travel.
Dover carried 142,000 passengers over the weekend, five times as many. on at that time last year. The Eurotunnel carried about 100,000 passengers.
Additional passport checks combined with huge spike in traffic led in queues of up to six hours before the trip times returned to normal on Monday 25 July.
tourism industry warning that delays could be even worse for travelers after the EU introduces biometrics controls including face recognition and fingerprinting next in the summer according to the so-called entry-exit system (EES).