With Europe's borders closed to Britain, thousands of trucks that cannot enter France are backlogged in UK

by Laura Mize · Dec 24th, 2020 12:08 pm

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Last Updated Dec 27th, 2020 at 7:08 pm

After a new strain of COVID-19 was identified in England, the nation is closed off from the rest of Europe and thousands of truckers are stranded in southern England.

There are nearly 3,000 trucks waiting in the county of Kent, unable to return to France as the two nations engage in talks about the situation. Law enforcement near Dover, an English port, have recommended some truckers get tested for the virus locally, in case the countries soon reach a deal that would allow the truckers to leave.

The stalemate threatens to leave England with a shortage of basic goods at the height of the Christmas holiday season.

France is one of 40 nations that have recently prohibited travel from the United Kingdom.

A truck driver named Adrian, who is from Romania, told CNN that many drivers do not have access to bathrooms.

"A lot of people are making their holidays here in the cars," he said " ... they cannot go home. It's not good. We are lucky because we are here in Dover, but a lot of people are stuck on the roads. They can't go to the toilet or have a shower."


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