In the days leading up to Brexit Cliff Edge, the British government was working with France to find a way to remove the border closure, one of the most important trade routes in Europe.
In the next few days most of the world closed the borders of the United Kingdom After the UK was diagnosed with a highly contagious new corona virus strain.
More than 1,500 lorries are backed up in Kent, unable to cross into France, and drivers sleep in their cabs the second night.
“We are in constant touch with our colleagues in France, and that work has been going on for the last 24 hours and we will continue to do so today,” British Home Secretary Preity Patel told Sky News this morning.
Asked if there would be a resolution today, Ms Patel said: “We are working to achieve a resolution and we need to ensure that we have flow in both our interests and we will see what works today.
“You will hear later today about the developments on the French goods ban.”
The possible solution is a mass screening of HGV drivers, as the BBC reports that plans to reopen the border will take effect tomorrow, quoting French European Minister Clement Boone.
The lorries are being diverted to and from Dover, a channel port on the south coast of England, as companies try to stockpile goods before the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.
“We see people starting to think a little differently about their distribution network … you can see some businesses starting to move away from Dover,” said Maggie Simpson, director general of the Trade Body Rail Freight Group.
They said since the Brexit referendum in 2016, cargo has been increasing as cargo is being transported to more northern ports on the east coast of England.
The discovery of the new Covid-19 strain months before the vaccines were widely expected has sown new panic in an epidemic that has killed 1.7 million people worldwide.
Nine days before Ana Mal formally withdrew from EU membership, one of the biggest changes in British history after World War II, some shoppers picked up shelves pped on supermarkets as the UK was subject to an effective Covid embargo.
Despite repeated calls not to panic, busy conditions ensued. No one should have to worry about supermarket distribution – Home Secretary Preity Patel said there is plenty of food.
Yesterday, Sainsbury’s has warned that cracks will appear on British supermarket shelves Within days, transport links with the mainland of Europe will not be restored quickly.
More than 84,000 deaths, including Kovid-19, have now occurred in the UK, according to new figures.
So far 81,416 deaths have been registered in the area mentioned by Kovid-19 in the death certificate, according to the latest reports from UK statistics agencies.
Additional Reporting: PA
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