“We will continue to keep all local MPs informed of how Hampshire is preparing for various scenarios, so they can make any necessary representations to Government on Hampshire’s behalf. A key issue we face is the extra costs associated with the contingency plans we are putting in place to minimise the impact of any uncertainty on local businesses and residents, whatever happens after 29th March.
“We are committed to working closely with our partners in the Local Resilience Forum to ensure that our collective resources are used to benefit all those who live and work in Hampshire. Our clear priority is to make sure that we're as prepared as we can be, and that we make that situation as smooth as we possibly can for the residents of Hampshire. In a difficult and complex situation, with delicate negotiations still ongoing at Government level, I want local residents to be assured that careful preparations are in hand through the Local Resilience Forum.”
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum (LRF) has written directly to the Secretary of State for Transport to outline the potential impacts exiting the EU without a deal would have on communities within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The LRF, which comprises emergency services, councils, businesses and voluntary organisations, has been working since July to prepare for any possible risks and threats, and in particular for any potential traffic congestion arising from delays to cross-channel ferries at Portsmouth International Port.