Thousands of lorry drivers are doubtless to spend Christmas stranded in Kent because the UK authorities has indicated queues won’t begin to transfer for no less than one other 24 hours.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated the 6,000 lorries, a few of which have been parked on the A2 since Sunday, will start transferring on Christmas Day, as French firemen and the British navy work with NHS Test and Trace to proceed testing drivers.
Hauliers should return a unfavorable coronavirus consequence carried out inside the previous 72 hours earlier than crossing the Channel.
The head of Britain's Road Haulage Association has accused France of treating drivers like "pawns in a larger game" because the UK stands on the cusp of brokering a take care of the EU – an allegation the French have repeatedly denied.
Richard Burnett sympathised with the hauliers, a small variety of whom clashed with police this week after being stopped from heading to the continent, including: "It just feels like it's a lever the French have pulled specifically around the Brexit negotiations."
He instructed the BBC: "We understand that we don't want the virus to spread but I think we have to think practically about some of the reasons why this has happened."
Mr Burnett added he was "relieved" hauliers would be ready to transfer after French authorities demanded a unfavorable take a look at following the emergence of a brand new extra transmissible coronavirus pressure in the UK, however added it might "take some time" to clear the backlog.
As nicely as making certain ferries will now sail on Christmas & Boxing Day, we've additionally acquired nice cooperation by French firemen working with NHS Test & Trace and our good navy in a giant effort to clear the backlog created by the French border closure: https://t.co/5Q22QyI58k
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) December 24, 2020
He added lorry drivers' charges of coronavirus an infection are a lot decrease than these of employees in different sectors, at between 3% and 6%.
Mr Shapps stated France and the UK had agreed to maintain the border open at Dover, the Eurotunnel and Calais "throughout Christmas" to get residents and hauliers cleared "as soon as possible".
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He promised ferries will sail on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, as 26 French firemen introduced 10,000 additional checks to the port to assist pace up the method.
He stated on Twitter: "As well as ensuring ferries will now sail on Christmas and Boxing Day, we've also got great cooperation by French firemen working with NHS Test and Trace and our brilliant military in a big effort to clear the backlog created by the French border closure."
France's ambassador to the UK Catherine Colonna added that the 2 international locations have been "neighbours, partners, allies and (yes) friends".
A disused airfield at Manston has turn into the primary testing centre for hauliers, with drivers required to self-administer swabs in their cabs beneath supervision.
Trucks started getting into the Eurotunnel once more yesterday after drivers began producing unfavorable Covid-19 outcomes, however it’s feared it may take days to perform all of the checks.
Around 170 British navy personnel are helping with testing.
primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie