With just 16 days until the end of the transition period the UK Government has admitted it has failed to secure land at Holyhead to carry out the extra checks on vehicles entering the country leading to fears of gridlock in the area.
In answer to a question from Lib Dem Peer Roger Roberts the UK Government admitted that “No land has yet been purchased [and that] two potential sites have been identified in partnership with the Welsh Government and commercial discussions are under way.”
Speaking following his parliamentary question Lord Roger Roberts said:
“This just shows how unprepared the United Kingdom is for Brexit and how little most Ministers in London care about the impact.
“The government need to admit that they’ve messed up here. They are actively pursuing a course that is utterly at odds with the wellbeing of the nation.”
Welsh Liberal Democrats candidate for North Wales in next year’s Senedd election Chris Twells said:
“The Government said we would be ready, they said we would be prepared, and we are clearly not. There’s next to no chance of this land sale being agreed and finalised before New Year's Eve.
“This final confirmation will mean absolute chaos in Holyhead in just a few weeks’ time.”
Notes to Editors:
The following question and answer has yesterday (14th Dec) been published by the House of Lords:
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 October (HL8609), how much of this land has been purchased; and what use is being made of this land. (HL10909)
Tabled on: 30 November 2020
Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton:
No land has yet been purchased. Two potential sites have been identified in partnership with the Welsh Government and commercial discussions are under way.
Date and time of answer: 14 Dec 2020 at 17:16