UK and France work to lift border closure

British government is working with France in an attempt to find a way to lift border closures that have snarled one of Europe’s most important trade routes just days before the Brexit cliff edge, Reuters reported.

The BBC cited French Europe Minister Clément Beaune as saying that Britain and France would announce a deal to restart freight by Wednesday. “We speak to our colleagues in France constantly on a range of issues and that work has been underway over the last 24 hours and we’ll continue today,” Home Secretary Priti Patel told Sky. Asked if there would be a resolution today, Patel said: “We’re working to get a resolution. It’s in both our interests to ensure that we have flow.” “We’ll see what materialises today,” Patel said.

Much of the world closed borders to the UK over recent days after London identified a highly infectious new coronavirus strain, leaving hundreds of truck drivers stranded in southern England. France shut its border to arrivals of people and trucks from Britain. With the UK in effective COVID quarantine just 9 days before it is due to exit informal EU membership, some shoppers stripped shelves in supermarkets. As financial markets tumbled, stranded truck drivers near the port of Dover said they just wanted to get back home in time for Christmas.

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