France closes border to UK traffic – and exports

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FRANCE has shut its borders to UK hauliers for 48 hours in response to the spread of the new coronavirus variant in south-east England.

The English Channel is usually busy trade route at Christmas time, with fresh produce shipped back and forth in around 10,000 lorries a day travelling between Dover and Calais. France’s shutdown hits both UK exporters sending goods into mainland Europe, and EU produce coming here, as European hauliers may avoid coming to the UK for fear of not being allowed to return.

At time of writing, France’s transport minister has said that protocols are being put in place that will soon allow movement from the UK to resume, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was due to make a statement.

 

 

By Gordon Davidson

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