First ferry from Calais to arrive in post-Brexit Britain docks at Dover port

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The first ferry from Calais to arrive in post-Brexit[1] Britain has docked at the Port of Dover. French-registered Cotes des Dunes sailed from France earlier on Friday evening, while the UK was still a member of the EU. The DFDS passenger ship left the continent about 10.15pm UK time and arrived at the Kent port at about 11.45pm.

The P&O ship, Spirit of Britain was the last cross-Channel boat to leave Calais for Dover before Britain left the EU at 11pm on Friday.

The last cross Channel ferry, the Spirit of Britain, leaves Calais, France, before the UK leaves the European Union (PA)

Shortly before that, the Pride of Canterbury P&O craft also departed, heading for the White Cliffs. All of the ferries had to contend with rain and high winds as they set off from France, with similar conditions gripping the foggy English coast. Despite uncertainty over Brexit over the last few years, staff at the Port of Dover expect business as usual in 2020.

Chief executive Doug Bannister said there was a “bit of relief” among traders that a no-deal Brexit had been avoided.


Brexit Day at Parliament Square – In pictures


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The Winston Churchill statue and Union flags in Parliament Square, London

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A man carries an EU themed wreath at Parliament Square Reuters

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Anti-Brexit demonstrators in Parliament Square, London, ahead of the UK leaving the European Union

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Pro Brexit supporters hold placards at Parliament Square as people prepare for Brexit Getty Images

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A man wears a President, Donald Trump mask and holds an American flag at Parliament Square as people prepare for Brexit Getty Images

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People hold placards in Parliament Square opposite the Houses of Parliament in London

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A man holds up a President, Donald Trump, American flag at Parliament Square as people prepare for Brexit Getty Images

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A Red Viking apple with the Union Jack is displayed and given out for free to promote British produce as an Anti-Brexit demonstrator waves the European Union flag in Parliament Square AP

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Joseph Afrane in Westminster

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Pro-EU anti-Brexit protesters hold placards in Parliament Square AFP via Getty Images

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A man takes a photo of political artist Kaya Mar’s paintings in Parliament Square Getty Images

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A man in an oversized ‘Keep America Great’ hat and draped with a US flag holds a Union Flag in Parliament Square opposite the Houses of Parliament

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A woman holds a newspaper at Parliament Square Reuters

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A woman wears a face mask in Parliament Square PA

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Anti-Brexit protesters in Parliament Square, London

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Police presence at anti-Brexit protests in Parliament Square, London PA

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The Winston Churchill statue and Union flags in Parliament Square, London PA

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Pro Brexit supporters hold placards at Parliament Square as people prepare for Brexit

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A man carries an EU themed wreath at Parliament Square Reuters

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Anti-Brexit demonstrators in Parliament Square, London, ahead of the UK leaving the European Union PA

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Pro Brexit supporters hold placards at Parliament Square as people prepare for Brexit

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A man wears a President, Donald Trump mask and holds an American flag at Parliament Square as people prepare for Brexit Getty Images

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People hold placards in Parliament Square opposite the Houses of Parliament in London AFP via Getty Images

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A man holds up a President, Donald Trump, American flag at Parliament Square as people prepare for Brexit

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A Red Viking apple with the Union Jack is displayed and given out for free to promote British produce as an Anti-Brexit demonstrator waves the European Union flag in Parliament Square AP

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Joseph Afrane in Westminster Jeremy Selwyn

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Pro-EU anti-Brexit protesters hold placards in Parliament Square

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A man takes a photo of political artist Kaya Mar’s paintings in Parliament Square Getty Images

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A man in an oversized ‘Keep America Great’ hat and draped with a US flag holds a Union Flag in Parliament Square opposite the Houses of Parliament AFP via Getty Images

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A woman holds a newspaper at Parliament Square

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A woman wears a face mask in Parliament Square PA

He said: “Many people spent a lot of time during the last 12 months getting prepared for a no-deal Brexit. “Through that we all learned a lot about what was required to trade successfully in a post-Brexit era.”

Five million vehicles and almost 12 million passengers pass through every year, making it Europe’s busiest ferry port.

UK officially leaves EU as 47-year relationship comes to an end

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Earlier on Friday, a love letter to the EU from two Second World War veterans, Stephen Goodall and Sidney “Sid” Daw, was projected onto the cliffs at Dover. In a film arranged by activist group Led by Donkeys, the pair lamented the UK’s imminent departure from the EU in an emotional video in which they talked about their hopes of a return one day. After the touching words from the two veterans, the video ended with the stars on the EU flag slowly disappearing.

With just one star remaining, the line read: “This is our star.

Look after it for us.”

More about: | Brexit | Calais[3][4]

References

  1. ^ Brexit (www.standard.co.uk)
  2. ^ UK officially leaves EU as 47-year relationship comes to an end (www.standard.co.uk)
  3. ^ Brexit (www.standard.co.uk)
  4. ^ Calais (www.standard.co.uk)

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