Talks to create a 'lorry park' at a former Scottish ferry port in the event of a no-deal Brexit have moved a step closer to completion after its owners confirmed negotiations could be concluded in the near future.

The Scottish government tabled proposals to repurpose the disused Stena Line facility in Stranraer as a holding area for cargo vehicles following concerns over the flow of traffic to and from Northern Ireland should Britain crash out of the European Union without a deal.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney laid out the plans as part of a preparation document outlining the impact of a no-deal departure for Scotland on Tuesday.

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Stena Line moved their operations from Stranraer to Cairnryan eight years ago in an effort to cut costs and crossing times.

However, a spokesman for the firm said this plan could bring the port back into use.

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He told the BBC: "Negotiations are currently ongoing with Transport Scotland regarding the proposed options to utilise the old Stranraer ferry port as a freight holding area should there be a build-up of freight traffic caused by Brexit."

"It is hoped these negotiations will be concluded very soon."