Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference on the coronavirus crisis and blockages at Dover: “We are working with our friends across the Channel to unblock the flow of trade as fast as possible. And the Government at all levels is communicating with our friends in Paris. I have 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 possible.”
He added: “I want to stress we in the UK fully understand the anxieties of our friends about Covid.
“Their anxieties about the news variant but its also true that the risks of transmission by a solitary driver sitting alone in the cab are really very low.
“We hope to make the process as fast as we possibly can.
“I want to repeat these delays only apply to a very small percentage of food entering the UK and as British supermarkets have said, their supply chains are strong and robust so everyone can continue to shop normally.
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“To our international friends and partners, I want to say very frankly that we understand your concerns and I hope that everybody can see that as soon as we were briefed in the UK Government in the fast transmissibility of this new strain, we lodged all the necessary information with the World Health Organisation.
“We took prompt and decisive action the very next day to curb the spread of the new variant within the UK.
“We want to work with our colleagues, with our friends around the world to develop new treatments and to develop new vaccines.”
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