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Ministers set to dredge historic Ramsgate harbour so it can become ‘second Dover’ in No Deal Brexit

MINISTERS have drawn up secret plans to dredge a historic Georgian harbour and turn it into a “second Dover” in case of a No Deal Brexit, The Sun can reveal.

Ramsgate in Kent is set to be excavated by diggers so the port can handle large cargo ships and ferries.

Getty The picturesque port of Ramsgate could be turned into an industrial hub [/caption]

But officials fear the plans will disrupt the genteel tourist destination by turning it into an industrial hub in a matter of months.

The project is set to be overseen by gaffe-prone Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who’s been accused of causing chaos on the country’s railways, roads and airports.

One Whitehall insider told The Sun: “It’s getting people really worried – you’ll have massive HGVs going up and down this historic harbour.

“It could be a massive f***-up. We’re all imagining Chris Grayling at the helm of the digger.”

EPA Ministers fear Dover will be severely disrupted after Brexit[/caption]

Ramsgate is located just 20 miles away from Dover

It emerged last month that the Government was considering expanding Ramsgate to cope with possible disruption at Dover, which is 20 miles away.

But now Whitehall and Cabinet sources have admitted that the plans would require dredging the harbour, because it’s currently too shallow to accommodate the freight ships which bring a large proportion of Britain’s imports from Europe.

The proposals are likely to be ditched

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