Brexit LIVE: French police chief who branded UK ‘regressive’ blamed for Dover travel chaos

Cars queue at the check-in at the Port of Dover in Kent

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At one point yesterday families seeking to get to France were facing waits of 30 hours, with reports of some taking six hours to travel 75 yards. Critics including Tory MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke suggested Fernand Gontier, director general of France’s PAF Border Police, was partly responsible.

Mr Gontier, 62, who is on record as describing Britain’s decision to quit the bloc six years ago as a “regression” was accused of failing to ensure there were enough French officers in Dover port to process checks on Friday.

Ms Elphicke said: “First, the French don’t turn up to work, then they refuse to apologise for ruining Brits’ well-deserved holidays. “No wonder people are asking whether this is yet more anti-British behaviour from the French to punish us for leaving the EU.

“I’m really disappointed by Mr Gontier. How was this allowed to happen He’s responsible as the chief. He has questions to answer.”

A Port of Dover source added: “It’s clear Mr Gontier is not a fan of Brexit.”

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  • Traffic at Dover now

    Traffic at the Port of Dover is once again “flowing normally” after days of lengthy queues created travel chaos for holidaymakers.

    Extra post-Brexit border checks and French authorities’ understaffing of checkpoints in Dover have been blamed for the hold-ups.

    However, the port said on Twitter that as of 2.15am on Sunday the system brought in temporarily to manage excess traffic in the area had ended and traffic can proceed directly to the port.

    The tweet said: “#TrafficUpdate at #PortofDover at 0215hrs. TAP is off for freight traffic. Freight can travel straight to the Port.

    “Tourist traffic is also clear in the Port. The approach roads to the Port (A2 / A20) are flowing normally.”

    French police chief who branded UK ‘regressive’ blamed for Dover travel chaos

    Brexiteers have pointed the finger at a hardline French police chief, claiming he is to blame for travel disruption which has seen massive traffic queues at Dover.

    At one point yesterday families seeking to get to France were facing waits of 30 hours, with reports of some taking six hours to travel 75 yards.

    Critics including Tory MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke suggested Fernand Gontier, director general of France’s PAF Border Police, was partly responsible.

    Mr Gontier, 62, who is on record as describing Britain’s decision to quit the bloc six years ago as a “regression” was accused of failing to ensure there were enough French officers in Dover port to process checks on Friday.

    Ms Elphicke said: “First, the French don’t turn up to work, then they refuse to apologise for ruining Brits’ well-deserved holidays.

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