France triggers €50m contingency plan in case of no-deal Brexit

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Five decrees to be issued within three weeks to authorise investment in border control checkpoints, roads and lorry parks at ports

France has triggered a €50m contingency plan for a no-deal Brexit following parliament’s overwhelming rejection of Theresa May’s deal, the French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has said.

“What’s certain is that the scenario of a no-deal Brexit is less and less unlikely,” Philippe told reporters in Paris after a meeting with ministers on Thursday, adding that there were “strong fears” Britain would now leave without a deal on 29 March.

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