France closed its borders with the UK on Sunday night time following experiences in regards to the new pressure of COVID detected in Great Britain. The ban has triggered huge queues close to ports in Kent; the scenario has been exacerbated by the Christmas season and uncertainty over the Brexit deal.
Drivers left caught outdoors the English port of Dover entered a confrontation with policemen on Wednesday, over calls for to cross into France, which earlier banned all travellers and freight from the UK after a mutated pressure of coronavirus was discovered within the nation.
The movies from the scene circulating within the media present how pissed off truckers have been pushing and assaulting officers stationed at port whereas making an attempt to make their technique to Europe. No accidents or victims have been instantly reported from the scene.
Reports recommend that many drivers who’ve change into caught in southern England for days are from Europe. The border closure signifies that they’re risking not having the ability to attain their households in time for the Christmas vacation, even when the journey ban launched by France and different nations is lifted, as queues at Kent ports have change into huge.
It has been estimated by the Road Haulage Association that just about 10,000 lorries have change into caught at Dover port, which means that it may take practically every week to clear the highway.
Kent Police earlier introduced that they’d launch “Operation Stack” between the 8 and 11 Junctions of the M20 motorway to alleviate doable visitors jams alongside the nation’s roads. But in line with eyewitnesses, the plan “clearly” was not working, as extreme gridlock was noticed not solely on the freeway but additionally within the metropolis of Dover.
Last week, UK well being officers introduced that that they had detected a brand new pressure of coronavirus, dubbed VUI-202012/01, which probably has the next transmission fee that the unique virus, resulting from a mutation in its spike protein. The information has prompted a name from Paris to shut the borders with the nation for 48 hours; different nations, reminiscent of Germany and Belgium, have additionally shut down all journey from the UK.
REUTERS / PETER CZIBORRAA lorry is seen close to an indication on the entrance to the Port of Dover, as EU nations impose a journey ban from the UK following the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, in Dover, Britain, December 22, 2020
On 22 December, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated that Britain and France had now agreed to implement a protocol to reopen the French border on Wednesday for “those travelling for urgent reasons, provided they have a certified negative COVID test”.
It was reported on Wednesday that France has now relaxed the 2-day blockade, with passengers and freight beginning to arrive on the French port of Calais from the UK. However, the French, British and EU authorities agreed on Tuesday that these searching for to cross the border between the 2 nations should take a look at damaging for COVID, together with the brand new pressure of the virus.