No-deal Brexit report: ‘Bodies may be uncollected’

Operation Stack previously causing traffic problems in Kent Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lorries have been parked on the M20 in Kent during previous problems at Channel crossing points

Bodies may remain uncollected and children might miss exams due to gridlocked roads in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a council has warned.

In a damning report, Kent County Council warned about the effect on other key services.

It said refuse could blight the streets and food deliveries could be disrupted as the county copes with 10,000 lorries parked or stacked on its roads.

A government spokesman said it was providing support to local authorities.

The 17-page report – an update on no-deal contingency planning – laid bare the possible Brexit scenarios for the county, with “prolonged disruption” predicted to affect several vital services.

It could result in staff shortages in areas such as social care, as well as problems for people trying to get to hospital and disruption to the delivery of medicines, the council said.

The coroner service “could face difficulties with the transport of the deceased to post mortem or body storage facilities… and travel by pathologists to mortuary to conduct post mortems”.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The council report warns even more lorries may be stuck on Kent’s roads in the event of a no-deal Brexit

It goes on to say: “Schools could be compromised if staff and pupils cannot effectively travel to exams.”

Talking about waste management, the report said: “District and borough collection services may be delayed and disrupted if there is significant traffic congestion, which could lead to a build up of waste awaiting collection.”

Changes in the border at the cross-Channel terminals are likely to cause traffic cong


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