After several European countries closed their doors to the British, Johnson called a meeting with the Cobra Emergency Committee – a group of senior government ministers – to discuss shipments inside and outside Britain. France has said it will ban anyone from the United Kingdom for 48 hours from Sunday, including by road and sea freight vehicles.
Johnson spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron about the ban, which created a serious situation around a major port in Dover. The move caught 6,000 trucks crossing from England to France every day on ferries from Dover or on trains via the Euro tunnel, now in England.
A road to Dover in southeastern England has become a real parking lot for freight trucks.
“This delay will only apply to a very small percentage of food entering the UK,” the Prime Minister told a news conference.
He added that he wants to resolve the issue within the next few hours.
The ban comes days before the UK is expected to officially leave the European Union. New customs inspections and paperwork will mean this break – and even worse if both parties do not have a new trade agreement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.