Zeebrugge — Uncertainty over Britain’s departure from the EU is worse than the prospect of a “no-deal Brexit” just days away, according to the head of the port of Zeebrugge. The Belgian port, half of whose cargo exports head to Britain, has hired more than 140 new customs officers and paved more than 500 new parking spots for trucks to ready itself a Britain’s crash out of the EU, which could happen on Friday. “The worst-case scenario is already, today, that we don’t know what happens. It is always better to know what will happen when than not to know,” Joachim Coens, the port’s president, told Reuters, as fog shrouded ship movements around the docks. EU leaders will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss British Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for a Brexit extension until the end of June. Coens said the port has set up an online database to allow exporters to notify terminal operators of the arrival of their cargo in the port. Under a no-deal exit, Britain would become a thi...

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