How the Channel Tunnel would work after a no-deal Brexit

The operator of the Channel Tunnel says it's prepared for the worst-case no-deal Brexit and that the "large majority" of traffic will be able to pass straight through border checks.

Eurotunnel said that truckers will be obliged to fill in customs forms in advance of leaving the UK so the authorities can be pre-notified of which vehicles require additional checks.

Because traffic is already subjected to security and immigration control, the additional steps can be conducted at the same time.

"This is to make sure that traffic continues to flow smoothly through the Channel Tunnel regardless of the Brexit status that we get. So in the event of a no-deal, we've prepared for the worst case no-deal," said John Keefe, EuroTunnel director of Public Affairs.

"So as they arrive into France, in Coquelles, they will go past a sign which directs them either to continue straight to the motorway along the green line or to go into the control zone along the orange line. And that way, we separate the straight through, the large majority of traffic which will go straight through from the small percentage which will need to be controlled on arrival."

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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 1990 file photo, British and French tunnel engineers greet each other at the breakthough point in the Channel Tunnel. The Channel Tunnel links France and Britain, ferrying thousands of passengers a year with train between the two points. As Britain prepares to vote whether to leave or stay in the European Union, goodwill between the continent and the island nation is fraying on both sides (AP Photo, File)
An operator of the Channel Tunnel scans customs declaration form of a trucker during a "no deal" Brexit check simulation at the pit zone in Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles, France, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
TOPSHOT - A picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows stopped trucks on the A26 highway trying to make their way to the Channel Tunnel, near Calais, northern France, during a strike by the French customs officials that began on March 4, 2019. - On March 13, 2019 customs officials turned down an offer of 14 million euros from the French government saying it was not enough. The government hopes that the traffic disrupted by the strike of the customs officers can 'resume in good conditions' and that 'sanctions are taken against the actions' of the agents, which would be contrary to the free circulation. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)
Cargo trucks stand at traffic control gates at the Channel tunnel railway terminal on the French border in Coquelles, France, on Monday, March 18, 2019. French cabinet last month approved a decree that would keep Eurostar trains running through Eurotunnel's Channel tunnel in the case of a so-called Hard Brexit. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Eurotunnel freight train, front, operated by Getlink SE, exits the Channel tunnel in Coquelles, France, on Monday, March 18, 2019. French cabinet last month approved a decree that would keep Eurostar trains running through Eurotunnel's Channel tunnel in the case of a so-called Hard Brexit. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Cargo trucks stand at traffic control gates at the Channel tunnel railway terminal on the French border in Coquelles, France, on Monday, March 18, 2019. French cabinet last month approved a decree that would keep Eurostar trains running through Eurotunnel's Channel tunnel in the case of a so-called Hard Brexit. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Eurotunnel freight train operated by Getlink SE, enters the Channel tunnel in Coquelles, France, on Monday, March 18, 2019. French cabinet last month approved a decree that would keep Eurostar trains running through Eurotunnel's Channel tunnel in the case of a so-called Hard Brexit. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Cargo trucks stand at traffic control gates at the Channel tunnel railway terminal on the French border in Coquelles, France, on Monday, March 18, 2019. French cabinet last month approved a decree that would keep Eurostar trains running through Eurotunnel's Channel tunnel in the case of a so-called Hard Brexit. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Cargo trucks stand at traffic control gates at the Channel tunnel railway terminal on the French border in Coquelles, France, on Monday, March 18, 2019. French cabinet last month approved a decree that would keep Eurostar trains running through Eurotunnel's Channel tunnel in the case of a so-called Hard Brexit. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
People queue at the Eurostar terminal at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris, France Monday March 25, 2019. The interruptions in the Eurostar service and the subsequent delays, which began in early March, are not a direct consequence of Brexit but rather a protest by French customs workers, highlighting what they see as a lack of necessary infrastructure in advance of Britain's looming departure from the European Union. In recent weeks, similar delays have also occurred at other border points such as Lille and the port of Calais, where lines of cars and trucks have extended for miles outside the entrance to the Channel Tunnel.(AP Photo/Tony Hicks)
People queue at the Eurostar terminal at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris, France Monday March 25, 2019. The interruptions in the Eurostar service and the subsequent delays, which began in early March, are not a direct consequence of Brexit but rather a protest by French customs workers, highlighting what they see as a lack of necessary infrastructure in advance of Britain's looming departure from the European Union. In recent weeks, similar delays have also occurred at other border points such as Lille and the port of Calais, where lines of cars and trucks have extended for miles outside the entrance to the Channel Tunnel.(AP Photo/Tony Hicks)
Travelers wait at St Pancras International train station in London, as Eurotunnel trains were suspended on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. An electrical supply problem in the train tunnel beneath the English Channel has blocked Eurostar traffic between Britain and the European continent. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Travelers queue at St Pancras International train station in London, as Eurotunnel trains were suspended on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. An electrical supply problem in the train tunnel beneath the English Channel has blocked Eurostar traffic between Britain and the European continent. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
People block the highway leading to Calais and the Channel tunnel in Calais, northern France, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. Hundreds of truckers in big rigs, farmers in tractors and dockers and merchants on foot blocked a major highway in northern France on Monday to demand the closure of the Calais migrant camp known as the "jungle." (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
An Eurotunnel freight shuttle exits the Channel Tunnel as workers pose Eurotunnel compagny logo at entrance north and south in Coquelles, near Calais France, March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
A truck drives through the Channel Tunnel truck toll in Coquelles, near Calais, northern France, March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
French customs officers walk past the Channel Tunnel truck toll in Coquelles, near Calais, northern France, March 1, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Keefe said EuroTunnel had spent €15m (£13m) on extra infrastructure and preparations since Brexit was announced.

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