“Dover is Britain’s closest physical point to mainland Europe. The French city of Calais sits just 27 miles away, across the narrowest point of the English Channel. Dover’s significance to the United Kingdom is not merely symbolic. What was once a barrier to the rest of Europe is now a central point of transfer”.
Samira Shackle, Centre for International Governance Innovation
On Thursday 23rd June 2016, a EU referendum vote became a reality. Three years on, nobody knows where Brexit is heading, but it is uncertainty, the reality of leaving the EU in 39 days.
The English Border is an investigation into the territory between the UK and EU, with a particular focus on the trade of goods leaving three ports alongside the South East Coast. I documented the port of Dover to investigate the physical border between the UK and France, hence the centred port barrier. Dover has been left to suffer the consequences of this political trade agreements. This project looks at how trade is affecting the landscape. It draws our attention towards the congestion of trade vehicles, passing to and from outside the UK every single day. 12,000 lorries roll on and off ferries in Dover every single day, with a large majority bringing Kent to a standstill. I aspire to capture the physical border between the UK and the EU through the study of trade within the landscape. This is a work in progress project.