More than 1,500 lorries are now
stuck in Kent waiting to leave the UK as politicians thrash out a plan to reopen France’s border to trade and travel. France shut the Channel crossing for 48 hours on Sunday amid fears of a new coronavirus variant. Any solution would probably include testing for lorry drivers, BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield said. Truckers waiting to cross have described themselves as “tired, disappointed and scared”. Meanwhile, more than 50 countries have now banned UK arrivals due to fears about the new, more transmissible variant found in England. The EU Commission has urged countries to drop their travel bans. But EU member states are free to set their own rules on border controls and may continue with their own policies.