The Prime Minister provided the public with another update surrounding the Covid pandemic today, focussing on the borders situation in the UK.
On Saturday, Boris Johnson revealed a raft of changes around the Christmas bubbles and coronavirus tiers in response to the mutant Covid strain that has resulted in France closing the border with the UK.
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Boris Johnson updated the nation on the borders situation in the UK today[/caption]
What time was Boris Johnson’s speech today, December 21?
The Prime Minister spoke to the public at around 5pm on Monday, December 21.
Mr Johnson addressed the nation from 10 Downing Street.
The PM was joined by Grant Shapps, Secretary Of State for Transport, and Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government.
What did the Prime Minister announce?
Mr Johnson delivered an update to the nation today on the borders situation in the UK.
He stressed border delays are only happening in Dover, and added that delays also only apply to human handled freight.
The PM explained that this means only 20 per cent of goods are being delayed, including food and medicines.
He also added that Brits can continue to shop “normally” thanks to UK supermarkets’ “strong and robust” supply chains.
He said that the coronavirus is “steadily being defeated” thanks to an “international response”, adding that scores of Brits have already received the vaccine.
The PM held a call with France’s Emmanuel Macron this afternoon, and the pair are creating a plan to allow goods to begin to start flowing across the Channel once again.
He said: “I’ve just spoken to President Macron, we had a very good call, and we both understand each other’s positions, and want to resolve these problems as fast as as possible.
“We’re working to a solution as I say, as fast as we can, to allow freight traffic to resume, between the UK and France, and to ensure that lorries can travel in both directions in a COVID secure way.”
Mr Johnson held a meeting on coronavirus earleir today to discuss the issues around the new Covid strain plaguing the South East of England.
The mutant variant caused 16 million Brits to be plunged into new Tier 4 restrictions – which include the cancellation of Christmas bubbles.
The Covid strain, named VUI 2020/01, is said to be 70 per cent more contagious than the original strain.
The Prime Minister also chaired a Cobra meeting in a bid to clear up issues at the border crossings.
Footage has shown huge queues of lorries looking to cross the Channel, after France closed all routes into the country from the UK, including via the Eurotunnel for fear of the new Covid strain entering the country.
This led to warnings from supermarkets over food shortages, especially food and vegetables in the run up to Christmas.
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