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Britain's decision to leave the European Union was a brave one that demonstrated the country's "greatness" but it is not a path that Hungary will follow, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. Orban told Reuters in an interview in Brussels that the EU only had itself to blame for the British referendum vote in 2016 to leave the bloc because of the way it had treated the country. "Brexit is a brave decision of the British people about their own lives...we consider it as evidence of the greatness of the British," he said.
Days-long lorry queues around Dover and the Channel Tunnel are highly unlikely after Brexit, the boss of a major trucking company has said. There is little danger that Government fears of a 7,000-vehicle tailback through Kent will come to pass, according to Europa Worldwide managing director Andrew Baxter. The trucking chief, whose firm runs more than 400,000 shipments a year and is one of the UK’s largest privately owned logistics operators, said: “To be honest, I think this is a misconception of the logistics industry. “Some businesses may be under-prepared. However, we currently have 99pc clarity as to what will be required in order to cross. By the time we get to January all operators will have 100pc clarity." Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove warned of major disruption on Kent roads earlier this week. In a letter to operators he said that between 30pc and 50pc of trucks crossing the Channel will not be ready for new EU border requirements under a “reasonable worst-case scenario”. That could lead to queues of 7,000 port-bound lorries in Kent waiting for up to two days to cross the Channel, a Cabinet Office document said. Mr Gove went on to tell the Commons that truck drivers will need a permit to enter Kent. Elizabeth de Jong, a policy director at trade body Logistics UK, said earlier this week that there is still time to prevent lengthy queuing. However, she added: “It will be a huge challenge for the Government and industry to achieve. The ability of traders to complete and provide the correct paperwork will be key to ensuring the continued smooth passage of goods through the UK’s supply chain.”