After 48 hours of whole closure decreed after the invention of a brand new pressure on British territory, France will reopen this midnight the borders with the UK to the transit of residents, though it would require a destructive check towards the coronavirus, be it PCR or antigens, the Authorities introduced on Tuesday.
The measure will permit using UK’s largest European border to French residents or residents in France, individuals in transit, transporters and all personnel associated to the site visitors of products.
Negotiations between Paris and London may unblock the scenario, which retains 1000’s of vans caught on each side of the English Channel. Now it’s obligatory to determine the particular modalities for the transit of vans and items will be resumed, one thing that Paris will announce “within the subsequent few hours.”
Intense day of negotiations
The European Fee had requested the international locations of the European Union on Tuesday to carry bans on flights and trains to make sure that important journeys will be made and that the provision chain will not be lower off.
Brussels is conscious that you will need to take “non permanent precautionary measures shortly” to comprise the unfold of this new pressure and it believes they need to be “advise towards” all non-essential journey between the UK and EU international locations, as reported by the establishment in a press release.
For Brussels, the “generalized” bans on flights and trains connecting the UK with EU international locations needs to be “withdrawn”, in mild of the necessity to assure important journey and allow the provision chain proceed to perform usually.
The Overseas Minister, Arancha González Laya, assured this Tuesday that the Authorities was making an attempt to resolve the scenario with the French and British authorities in order that the truckers “may return to Spain as quickly as attainable.”
Casado’s criticism of the shortage of options for truckers
For his half, the president of the PP, Pablo Casado, claimed the Authorities of Pedro Sánchez on Tuesday afternoon an answer for Spanish truckers who’ve been stranded within the British port of Dover as a result of border closure with France to stop the unfold of the brand new pressure of coronavirus.
The opposition chief has demanded this resolution by a message on his official Twitter account, the place he highlighted that the truckers have been trapped on this port within the south of the UK for 2 days since final Sunday, “in precarious situations and away from their households”.
We ask the Authorities to unravel the scenario of 1000’s of Spanish truck drivers, who’ve been trapped in Dover for two days in precarious situations and away from their households.https://t.co/1ACDdCentg
– Pablo Casado Blanco (@pablocasado_) December 22, 2020
In keeping with the Spanish Confederation of Items Transport (CETM), the variety of drivers who’ve been blocked within the final 48 hours on the border amounted to between 7,000 and 10,000, though the Nationwide Federation of Transport Associations of Spain (Fenadismer) lowers the determine to only over 1,000, out of a complete of 15,000 autos from totally different international locations blocked.
1000’s of truckers trapped: “There’s greater than 30 kilometers of tail”
Daniel, a trucker for a refrigerated transport firm in Valencia, carries 40 hours locked in Dover (England) and denounces that they’re “like canines”, they threaten them with fines and so they have been transferred to a parking zone that “would not even have asphalt.”
The queues for vans to enter France are 30 kilometers “or extra”, the carriers ask the Police what they do to have the ability to observe their route and the latter responds: “Discover your life”, and now they’ve been knowledgeable of an deal with, 33 kilometers from the place it’s situated along with different carriers, to take a covid check earlier than to return, and what has legitimate for 48 hours, as this employee has informed EFE.
“If I am going, after I come again I’ve to queue from scratch, and if the check is legitimate for 48 hours and there are greater than 30 kilometers of queue, that’s greater than two days, it would now not be price“, he laments to surprise why they do not do the check on the border.
The president of the Spanish affiliation of managed transport firms (ATFRIE), José María Arnedo, as we speak demanded that the Spanish authorities negotiate “by diplomatic means” in order that drivers of blocked items vans within the UK can return to Spain.
This case, ATFRIE explains in a observe, not solely compromises “the well being and bodily integrity of drivers”, but in addition severely impacts the work of farmers and merchants of perishable merchandise that Spain exports to the UK, “with disastrous financial penalties for varied productive sectors.”
The affiliation highlights that “large portions of fish and shellfish” additionally journey in these vans from the UK. they won’t attain Spanish supermarkets, “with the resultant enhance in costs of the merchandise which might be ultimately marketed.”
In the meantime, Daniel continues a kilometer from with the ability to board for France, after automobiles and buses, and tonight he could lastly have the ability to cross the border. In the event you can board as we speak -it’s one of many first vans within the queue-, He’ll arrive at his house in Requena (Valencia) to be together with his household on Christmas Eve and Christmas; if not, it will likely be inconceivable.