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Brexit secretary mocked for Dover trade admission

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter
Dominic Raab has admitted he did not realise "the full extent" of how much UK trade relies on the Dover-Calais crossing.
The Brexit secretary called Britain a "peculiar geographic economic entity" as he called for a "bespoke" deal with the EU on goods.
He told a tech conference in north London on Wednesday: "I hadn't quite understood the full extent of this."But if you look at the UK and look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing."And that is one of the reasons why we have wanted to make sure we have a specific and very proximate relationship with the EU, to ensure frictionless trade at the border."Mr Raab had joked at the start he was "terrified" of attending the conference because his wife works in tech marketing and "if I get anything wrong I am for the high jump when I get home".
Brexit secretary mocked for Dover trade admission

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The Brexit secretary said 'we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing'
Under the government's proposal, the UK would stay in a customs union with the EU after 29 March 2019 - the date it is expected to leave the bloc.A future trade deal would then be negotiated, but there are concerns over a "backstop" solution to prevent a hard border reforming in Ireland if no agreement is made, which could involve the UK remaining in a customs union for longer.Mr Raab dismissed concerns of "major" goods shortages in British stores if there is no withdrawal deal.But he warned: "I think probably the average consumer might not be aware of the full extent to which the choice of goods that we have in the stores are dependent on one or two very specific trade routes."

Brexit secretary mocked for Dover trade admission

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According to government figures in 2016, the Dover-Calais crossing was the most popular route for good vehicles in and out of the UK, with 1,905,000 units passing across it.
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