Last updated: 27 Apr 2020 3:45pm
On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU):
Nationally, the result of the referendum was that 17.4 million people (51.9% of the total) voted to leave the EU, and 16.1 million (48.1%) voted to remain.
As the situation currently stands, the UK could leave the EU on Thursday 31 October 2019. Leaving the EU means there will be a number of changes taking place that will affect businesses, citizens, EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU.
The multi-agency Kent Resilience Forum is committed to working with the Department for Transport, Kent County Council and Highways England to prepare for a range of potential outcomes, including the event of no deal and traffic disruption on Kent’s roads.
Forum partners are continuing to develop contingency plans to ensure the M20 can be kept open to traffic and that disruption for local residents, businesses and other road users is kept to a minimum, in addition to plans for additional temporary traffic holding areas under a worst-case scenario.
The Forum is also planning for a wide range of other contingencies, including the welfare of those who may be delayed in queues for long periods of time.
Maidstone Borough Council is working with relevant partners to help prepare us all for Brexit and as part of that the Government has published this week a Brexit Readiness Report.
It includes information for businesses and citizens on what they need to do to get ready for Brexit on 31 October if we leave without a deal. It outlines additional funding, extra resources and more practical support to help ensure the smooth flow of goods in and out of the EU.
What is Operation Brock?
Operation Brock is a set of measures introduced by Highways England to keep the M20 open in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 in the event of disruption to services across the English Channel, by using different holding areas.
The queuing system only applies to lorries heading to mainland Europe from Kent. All other drivers should check conditions before setting out and, if they’re crossing the channel, check with their service operator for updates.
Operation Brock is currently: Inactive
Operation Brock will remain inactive until further notice, but the situation will be kept under review. Operation Brock remains available for use as an alternative to the older Operation Stack, and offers significant improvements by keeping the M20 open to traffic in both directions.
While Brock is inactive, the road will be operational as follows:
How Operation Brock will operate when active:
Phase 1 – In the event of excessive disruption to services across the English Channel, improved holding capacity in the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, as well as on the A20 approach to the port (Dover TAP), would be used.
Phase 2 – If phase 1 capacity is reached, we will start queuing Europe bound lorries that are 7.5 tonnes and over on the coast bound section of the M20 between junction 8 and 9 with cars and other vehicles using a contraflow on the London-bound carriageway.
Phase 3 – If phase 2 becomes full, lorries heading for Port of Dover will be directed to Manston Airfield, while the M20 is used to hold traffic for Eurotunnel. Traffic lights on the A256 after Manston Airfield will help to manage traffic arriving at the port.
Phase 4 – If the M20 holding area and Manston becomes full, the M26 could be used to hold additional lorries heading for Eurotunnel.
For more information on Operation Brock and other contingency measures in Kent, visit:
Follow the dedicated hashtag #BrexitKent on Twitter for the latest news and updates from all the lead agencies and supporting organisations.
To find the latest guidance and information on what these changes are, how they could affect you, and what steps you can take to prepare, visit gov.uk/euexit.
For more information please go to the Highways England website.