Britain’s ambassador to France has said UK and EU trade is ‘running smoothly’ as trucks cross the Channel for 15 hours without a hitch despite Remainer predictions of border chaos. Lord Llewellyn visited the port at Calais and the Eurotunnel terminal ‘to see the situation on the ground’ and said: ‘Happy New Year to all the teams on both sides of the Channel working on New Year’s Day.’ Drivers with the correct paperwork – and a negative Covid test – were waved on to Eurotunnel trains with little delay after 11pm GMT as freight travelled seamlessly between the UK and France after four years of preparations. The first freight checks between Britain and Northern Ireland, required under the terms of Brexit’s economic sea border, also took place without issue. The smooth transitions at each border came despite Remainers claiming there would be carnage when the clock struck 12am. Drivers smiled and waved to customs officials who checked their documents digitally before allowing them to cross the 31 miles between Folkestone and Calais by rail. In France the first trucks were met by the Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart. The first ferries between Calais and Dover and the UK and Ireland have… Read full this story
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