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Brexit frequently asked questions

Question: Is Dorset Council going to be ready for Brexit?

Answer: Yes, whatever the manner of our exit from the EU, we will be ready.

  • through our own contingency planning and through the Dorset Local Resilience Forum (LRF), the council is well prepared for Brexit. Dorset Council has assessed its own risks and has made sure that we have the right plans in place to keep vulnerable people safe and Dorset’s businesses and residents are supported. It is important to note that our planning for reasonable worst-case scenarios is not a prediction of what is going to happen

Question: Will Dorset’s ports be affected?

Answer: Plans are in place to avoid/mitigate any serious issues at the Port of Poole.

  • we are aware of the potential for disruption in other parts of the UK, but the Port of Poole is different to other ports with HGV Roll-On Roll-Off (RoRo) operations and operates in a different way in that it requires HGVs to be pre-booked for travel rather than ‘turn up and sail’
  • the Port of Poole has contingency plans in place if HGVs do not have the correct documents to leave the UK
  • we are working with BCP Council (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) to plan and mitigate against additional traffic congestion

Question: Will there be fuel shortages?

Answer: We do not expect fuel shortages in Dorset as a result of a no-deal Brexit.

Government contingency plans are in place to help ensure fuel reaches forecourts. We are confident that Dorset Council has robust business continuity plans in place to ensure essential services can still be delivered to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Question: What about waste and recycling collections and household recycling centres (HRCs)?

Answer: No disruption to domestic or business waste collection is expected, and Dorset Waste Partnership will continue to operate as normal, as will our HRCs. If we do experience any issues, we will tell residents and businesses through our website, social media channels, e-newsletters and via local radio and newspapers.

Question: Will there be food shortages?

Answer: We do not expect any overall shortages in food. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, there might be some short-term disruption of some foods, especially those with a short shelf-life.

  • less than 1 in 10 food items would be directly affected by any delays in short-channel crossings
  • because of the time of year, the UK is reliant on channel crossings for fresh fruit and vegetables. Some food prices might increase. Consumer behaviour could exacerbate, or create, shortages in this scenario

Question: Will there be a shortage of medicines?

Answer: The NHS is leading on the issue of potential medicine shortages. It has made the necessary arrangements in terms of adequate drug and medical supplies and no issues are currently anticipated beyond the immediate exit period of a no-deal scenario.

  • people should continue to order repeat prescriptions and take medicines as normal
  • the NHS, through your local doctor's surgery and pharmacy, will keep people informed if there are any changes
  • it's very important that people don't order more medicines than normal, as this may mean that other people won't be able to get their medicines
  • the Government has asked suppliers of medical goods to build up at least 6 weeks' worth of extra stocks above usual level
  • it has also bought extra ferry capacity, so medicines and medical products will be prioritised for import and people continue to receive your medicines on time
  • occasionally, the NHS does experience temporary shortages of some medicines
  • if this happens, patients are prescribed the best alternative to their usual medicine, as happens normally

Question: How could services for vulnerable people be affected?

Answer: We do not envisage significant disruption to services. Continuation of services for vulnerable children and adults will remain our top priority.

Question: What preparations have been made for disruption on the roads?

Answer: No significant disruption is expected across the road network. Highways England has been working on plans and locally the Dorset Local Resilience Forum has factored potential road disruptions into its Brexit planning and we are committed to working with partners to find solutions to any traffic disruption, should it occur.

Question: Will there be any issues accessing council offices?

Answer: No disruption is expected, but if a particular council service needs to operate differently, we will keep residents informed through our website, social media channels, e-newsletters and via local radio and newspapers.

Question: Will schools be affected?

Answer: We do not expect any significant disruption to schools. Individual schools will notify parents directly of any issues and closures will be listed on our website, as is the case during severe weather.

Question: What about buses, trains and public transport?

Answer: No significant disruption is expected. Commercial operators will make their own arrangements for provision of fuel. Contingencies are in place for school and community transport. Passengers can check details via operator websites.

Question: Will Leisure Centres be open as normal?

Answer: Yes, we do not envisage that there will be any disruption to the operation of any Dorset Council run Leisure Centres. Any changes to this will be communicated through our website, social media channels, e-newsletters and via local radio and newspapers.

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