Brexit: Kovid-19 isolation gives Britain a taste of no-deal anarchy

Dozens of countries in Europe and around the world have stopped flights from the United Kingdom, and the French government announced a 48-hour ban on truck drivers using ferry and rail routes from England to France following a potentially highly contagious coronovirus mutation. Christmas lock in London and surrounding areas.

UK supermarkets and supply chain experts have warned of a possible shortage of some products if French restrictions are not relaxed soon. The UK government held a crisis meeting on Monday.
A major supermarket chain, Of Sainsbury’s (JSAIY), Said that it had produced enough to prevent the Brits from going without their Christmas dinner, but warned of a shortage of some fresh fruits and vegetables if the situation did not improve soon.

“If nothing changes, we will begin to see gaps in the coming days on lettuce, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, citrus fruit,” Sainsbury said in a statement. “We hope the UK and French [governments] May come to a solution that prioritizes the production and immediate passage of food. “

Tesco (TSCDY) On Monday, Reuters reported, “The supply of some fresh items, such as lettuce, cauliflower and citrus fruit, may decrease this weekend, but we have no problem with availability on these lines today or tomorrow.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a press conference on Monday, sought to allay public fears, saying he had spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron and that the two sides were working towards a quick resolution.

He stressed that British supermarket supply chains are “stronger and stronger”, adding that “the vast majority of food and medical supplies are coming and going as usual.”

The industry which operates frozen and chilled storage facilities and temperature controlled vehicles said there was no reason for shoppers to panic, as the UK food supply chain was well stocked for the peak holiday period.

“As we learned in March, the biggest reason for the products running on the shelves would be unnecessary and excessive purchases,” said Shane Brennan, chief executive of the Cold Chain Federation. “We urge everyone to play their role and buy only what they really need.”

Jan may get worse

But “urgent agreements” between the governments of the United Kingdom and the European Union were needed if problems were to be avoided in the new year. “An extended period of closed movement will now cause significant problems for supply chains in January,” Brennan said.

That sentiment was echoed by the British Retail Consortium, which represents more than 170 major retailers and thousands of small businesses.

“Retailers stock up on goods ahead of Christmas, which should prevent immediate problems,” said Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium. “However, any prolonged closure of the French border will be a problem as the UK enters before the final week [Brexit] Transition ends [Dec. 31]. “

Britain’s ports were under severe stress even before the spark of the new Coronavirus variant on the border spread.

The United Kingdom left the European Union earlier this year, but it continued to enjoy free trade with the EU market of 450 million people under a transitional arrangement ending on 31 December. Talks on a new agreement to avoid tariffs and quotas on almost half of the UK remained at a foreign trade deadlock over the weekend, and the risk of Brexit would remain high without a trade agreement.

Stockpilling before the end of the Brexit transition period and an increase in orders over the Christmas holiday created huge logjams in recent times. Last week, CNN reporters backed trucks up to more than 10 miles on approach to the port of Dover, with truck drivers waiting for several hours.

Dover has around 17% of the UK merchandise trade. It handled 2.4 million trucks in 2019, and 1.6 million passed through the nearby Eurotunline under another channel.

Access to the Eurotunal terminal was suspended after the port of Dover was closed and trucks parked near Folkestone, Kent, and on its way to France, said it would not accept any passengers arriving from Britain for 48 hours.

Businesses are increasingly concerned that a Brexit deal will not happen, and they are rushing to get the goods into the country before the end of the year. New customs checks and paperwork would significantly delay shipments, while tariffs and quotas would pile on the pain in a “no-deal” scenario.

Toyota harvests plants

Earlier this month, Honda (HMC) A major plant in England was forced to halt production for three days as parts delivery was delayed, an indication of how quickly supply chain issues could cause disruption. Honda said that on Monday it was monitoring the situation at UK ports, noting that currently no impact on production was anticipated.
but Toyota (TM) Said that it had decided to close its manufacturing plants in France and the United Kingdom before the plan for Winter Break.

The company attributed the UK traffic ban to a growing number of countries and “how long the borders will be closed for an uncertain nature”.

France said on Monday it wanted a new European-wide health protocol that would allow cross-border traffic to resume, while testing truck drivers for the Kovid-19 to restore British business confidence Are calling

“We have our drivers who do not want to go to the UK because of fear that the borders may not be closed,” said French National Road Transport Federation spokesman Vanessa Ibralusia. “This is going to create a problem about the flows that are likely to stop, and therefore lead to the drying up of supplies across the channel before Brexit day.”

– Robert North, Pamela Boykoff, Hannah Jiadi, Sarah Dean, Fannie Bobili, Fannie Wang and Stephanie Hallaz contributed reporting.


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