Two thousand trucks (lorries) are stranded on the tarmac of Manston Airport, a closed airport near Ramsgate, United Kingdom as the Brexit contingency plan “Operation Fennel” was activated early to cope with lorries waiting to depart the United Kingdom, after France closed its borders to accompanied freight arriving from the United Kingdom due to the rapid spread of a new coronavirus strain.
Britain was plunged into a fresh crisis last week with the emergence of a fresh strain of the virus, which is believed to be up to 70 percent more transmissible than other forms.
Meanwhile, France decided to reopen the border with the United Kingdom on the condition that travellers carry a negative PCR-test. A quick test will be conducted on truckers, the result of which must be negative.
Air, road, rail and sea traffic between the two countries will thus resume, French minister of Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari this morning announced on Twitter.
Manston Airport, which is becoming a lorry park for Dover, is where Brexit and UKIP began. The party took control of Thanet council in 2015 – a major foothold – after the airport was shut.
Farage campaigned to reopen Manston. Brexit has kinda done that pic.twitter.com/sye7pooHDY
— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) December 22, 2020
Aux conducteurs routiers, français ou étrangers : vous pouvez à nouveau circuler en présentant un test antigénique négatif. Les tests sont organisés par les autorités britanniques sur des sites dédiés.
Plus d’informations ici 👇https://t.co/IDumRe9mjJ
— Jean-Baptiste Djebbari (@Djebbari_JB) December 23, 2020