Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps mentioned containers unaccompanied by hauliers are nonetheless allowed by the port of Dover, so the jab from Belgium won’t be affected by the state of affairs on the port.
“This would possibly not have an effect on the vaccination programme,” he informed Sky Information on Monday.
Nations together with France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Eire, and Bulgaria introduced restrictions on UK journey following the disclosure that the extremely infectious new pressure is widespread throughout south-east England.
It brought on chaotic scenes final evening as Brits scrambled to depart the nation or have been left stranded at locations equivalent to Heathrow as swathes of nations closed their borders to the UK amid considerations over the brand new coronavirus pressure.
Scores of over bookings meant a number of flights have been being rapidly organized on the final minute for stressed travellers determined to get residence for Christmas.
Amongst these noticed round 300 folks shepherded onto a re-arranged flight to Dublin at 10.30pm final evening after they have been informed they could not board an 8.55pm Aer Lingus flight to the Irish capital.
There have been chaotic scenes at London St Pancras over the weekend as folks scrambled to depart the capital earlier than the Eurostar canceled trains between London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.
Twitter customers at Heathrow described the scenes as “chaos” and requested data for cancelled flights.
The Eurotunnel has additionally suspended entry to its terminal in Folkestone, Kent, whereas the Port of Dover is closed to freight autos hoping to depart the UK over the following 48 hours.
With France suspending all visitors from the UK for 48 hours, it raised fears that commerce flows might be severely disrupted whereas passengers throughout Europe might be left stranded within the remaining run-up to Christmas, and it may go away grocery store cabinets naked.
The Prime Minister will chair a gathering of the Authorities’s Cobra civil contingencies committee on Monday amid warnings of “important disruption” across the Channel ports in Kent.
Hauliers have been urged to keep away from the world amid warnings of potential issues as the top of the Brexit transition interval looms on December 31.
Kent Police mentioned they have been implementing Operation Stack in a bid to ease potential congestion, whereas the Division for Transport mentioned Manston Airport was additionally being ready as one other contingency measure in opposition to the anticipated stage of disruption.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) warned the closure of France to UK visitors would create “difficulties” for UK imports and exports within the busy Christmas interval.
Andrew Opie, the BRC’s director of meals and sustainability, mentioned any “extended” disruption can be an issue within the run-up to the top of the Brexit transition interval on December 31.
“Whereas items can enter from France, few haulage corporations can be keen to ship vans and drivers throughout to the UK with no assure they’ll return to the EU in a well timed method,” he mentioned.
“It is a key provide route for contemporary produce right now of yr.
“We urge the UK Authorities and the EU to discover a pragmatic resolution to this as quickly as doable, to stop disruption for shoppers.
“Retailers have stocked up on items forward of Christmas which ought to stop instant issues.
“Nevertheless, any extended closure of the French border can be an issue because the UK enters the ultimate weeks earlier than the transition ends on December 31.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon mentioned it was “crucial” the UK Authorities sought an extension to the Brexit transition interval.
“The brand new Covid pressure – and the varied implications of it – means we face a profoundly severe state of affairs, and it calls for our 100% consideration,” she mentioned.
“It will be unconscionable to compound it with Brexit.”