Supermarket manager warns against food deliveries as transporters stay at border

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In the midst of alerts that the border must be back in service by Wednesday to avoid disrupting food shipments, talks with France on resuming trade and transport across the English Channel continued.

Priti Patel, Minister of the Interior, said that the government was “in constant discussion” with France in order to reach a solution “in both our interests” to get freight traffic moving again.

About 40 countries have restricted flights to the U.K. Because of a mutated coronavirus variant that has spread across the world, truck drivers have been sleeping for a second night in their cabs on the M20 outside Dover Port, which has been closed since Sunday night.

Reports say that mass testing of truck drivers across the Channel could be a potential solution, while the BBC, citing Clement Beaune, Minister of French Europe, announced that plans to reopen the border will be in effect from Wednesday.

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“borders will really have to run pretty freely from tomorrow to reassure us that there will be no disruption.”the borders will have to run reasonably freely from tomorrow to reassure us that no disruption will occur.

He told the Today program on BBC Radio 4, “There’s a problem that might come right after Christmas, and that’s with fresh produce, so we’re talking about things like lettuce, vegetables, fresh fruit, the vast majority of which is currently coming from Europe.”

“The problem is with empty lorries. The empty trucks now stuck in Kent have to go back to Spain to pick up the next shipment of raspberries and strawberries, and the next day or so they have to come back or there will be disruption.

“As long as it can be handled today, there will be minimal impact on consumers – remember stores are closed on Christmas Day, which takes a shopping day out of the equation, but the trucks that are stuck in Kent have to be back within the next day.”There will be minimal impact on consumers as long as it can be handled today – remember that shops are closed on Christmas Day, which takes a shopping day out of the equation, but the trucks that are stuck in Kent must be back within the next day.

Ms Patel told Sky News: “We are constantly discussing a number of issues with our colleagues in France and this work has been going on for the past 24 hours and will continue today.”

We’re trying to find a solution, and I think it’s very important to put that into perspective. It’s in both our interests, in both countries, to make sure we have a flow, because, of course, there are European shippers who want to get home right now, and, quite frankly, it’s in both our interests to continue these talks and negotiations, and we’re going to see what’s going to happen today.

Government sources told the PA news agency that negotiations are “ongoing” with the French government after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday night that the two countries are working “unlock the flow of trade as quickly as possible.”

The M20 in Kent was closed on Monday night to allow Operation Brock to take place – emergency measures that use a movable barrier to keep traffic on the highway moving when the canal is interrupted.

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