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Unexploded bomb found at disused airfield earmarked to be lorry park in no-deal Brexit scenario

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/03/2019 Sean Morrison

a train traveling down a dirt road © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited An unexploded wartime bomb has been found on a disused airfield which is set to be a lorry park in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Kent Police were called to Manston Airport after reports of the discovery on Thursday.

Officers and British Army bomb disposal experts attended and are continuing to assess the scene, a police spokesman said.

As there is "no immediate threat to life", the device would be detonated over the next few days, according to the Ministry of Defence.

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The Government plans to use the disused airfield as a giant HGV holding bay if the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal to prevent traffic jams around Channel ferry ports.

In January a test of the site and how Operation Brock would work was branded pointless and a "farce" after just 89 lorries took part.

But officials insisted the test run from Manston, near Ramsgate, to Dover was a success and the numbers involved were "sufficient" to test the logistics of the plan.

a large long train on a highway: Lorries lined up at the former Manston Airport site during a trial of a government plan to hold lorries in the event of post-Brexit disruption at the channel ports (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Lorries lined up at the former Manston Airport site during a trial of a government plan to hold lorries in the event of post-Brexit disruption at the channel ports (PA) The idea could work alongside Operation Stack which sees lorries queuing alongside the M20.

MPs voted on Wednesday night to reject a no-deal Brexit, but the UK was still set to crash out on March 29 unless a deal or an extension is agreed before then.

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