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  • on agreement has finally been reached between the UK and France to restart the flow of passengers and freight between the two countries.

  • The armed forces will be part of an operation to test lorry drivers.

  • The system is called a lateral flow test on delivers a covert result in around 20 minutes.

  • It will take several days for the new system to clear the backlog, with some 3000 Lorries and Kent waiting to cross the English Channel.

  • The French border was closed on Sunday amid growing concern about a new variant of coronavirus spreading to all parts off the U.

  • K flights.

  • Ferry services and Eurostar trains will resume services tomorrow morning, but these will only be available to French nationals.

  • You Citizens on People with Residency in France if they've tested negative for co vid Less than three days before traveling, our transport correspondent Caroline Davis has the latest in Dover parked nose to bumper.

  • Almost 3000 Lorries stranded in Kent.

  • This is Operation Brock inaction, a way of keeping cancer roads moving by diverting Lorries to an empty airstrip.

  • Well, this is Manson Airfield, and as you can see, there's just been a steady stream of Lorries coming past me since I've been standing here, it's looking like over there is already filling up.

  • Some in the industry worried that as many a 6 to 7000 Lorries were heading to Dover today along the route in miles from the port, Lorries tucked into lay buys or parking lots by the side of the road.

  • We meet Hamid from Turkey.

  • He showed us his bread, yogurt, eggs and tea.

  • He carries with him to keep him going with a few words of English.

  • He told us he's come from Leeds on.

  • Got stuck here on his way home.

  • Don't get many of the drivers here now have empty Lorries.

  • After dropping their food and goods off for Christmas, everything was okay.

  • Nothing.

  • Appointed station Branco arrived on Sunday.

  • They're trying to get home to Bosnia and Italy.

  • We were hoping toe go back to our homes for New Year's with with our family to celebrate.

  • But now it's not gonna happen.

  • Not this year.

  • We don't have a bathroom.

  • We don't have anything.

  • You know.

  • We are stuck here.

  • Maybe four days thing.

  • Evening of frustrations were starting to show with a spontaneous protest outside the port entrance on, then Ah, breakthrough.

  • Any passengers going to France.

  • And at the moment, I'm afraid that's mostly French citizens returning.

  • And one or two other exceptions will need a lateral flow tests or a PC artist, but a test within the 72 hour period before they go to France.

  • Of course, anyone coming this way and again we're not encouraging anybody travel right now, we'll need to follow our rules, which are self isolation for 10 days or attest to release after five days.

  • Andi, further news on lorry drivers from 6 a.m. Tomorrow morning, the army and NHS staff will begin the process of testing hauliers at Master Airport.

  • They'll be using the lateral flow tests rather than the PCR test, which is much faster around half on hour.

  • If the driver test negative there, they'll be free to go across to Frantz regardless of their nationality.

  • Tonight in Dover, there was still anger and confusion.

  • This is not good.

  • That zoo animal things and now they say that they need.

  • They need the appreciate How is it possible you see the kill?

  • We have our test because we were thinking about this when we when we were thinking about going in Romania.

  • We have always had our test already, but they didn't say anything about many in the industry.

  • We're hoping for a deal, but no, this will be a logistical challenge if it's the way it has to be done.

  • Well, they have to find a way, but it will be very slow on.

  • It will have a long term impact on our ability to move our freshmen few chilled food This evening.

  • The government are asking hauliers not to travel to Kent.

  • Many will spend a third night here in their vehicles, and they're still not certain if they'll get back for Christmas.

  • Well, let's go live to do over.

  • Caroline is there for us with the latest.

  • We talk about clearing this backlog.

  • Caroline, you kind of hinted at the end of your piece there.

  • How long is it going to take?

  • You think realistically.

  • Well, Hugh, this won't be instantaneous.

  • We know that there are thousands of Lorries parked up across Kent.

  • And of course, there are many more other smaller vehicles here in Dover as well.

  • Tonight, the government has said that it will take 2 to 3 days to clear the backlog of hauliers is worth mentioning as well that the testing won't just be taking place here.

  • There will be other locations as well, and there's due to beam or information for Holy is about that tomorrow.

  • Now, speaking to some of the people who are in the smaller vehicles here in Dover, they are just desperate for new news about what will happen.

  • What will it take to get them home?

  • They look at the queue up ahead of them, and to be honest, they lose hope of being able to get back in time for Christmas.

  • This'll is going to be a big operation.

  • The government have said that they think that they will be able to get people through as quickly as possible.

  • Everyone here is just hoping that they will be able to not have to sleep in their vehicles for too many more nights.

  • Caroline Many thanks again, Caroline There with the latest at over on with me in the studio, our business editor, Simon Jack, to talk really, Simon, about the impact on business on what people are telling you today.

  • Well, I think what this has been is a very stark demonstration of just how important this trade route.

  • Dave A.

  • And the Eurotunnel Folkston art of British business, How quickly and profoundly things could start to go wrong.

  • A couple of examples Toyota This Morning said it was gonna shut at lunchtime, which it did.

  • That's 36 hours earlier than they would normally have done is they were running out of parts and supermarkets.

  • People have seen pictures of empty shelves doing the rounds on social media.

  • Now the supermarkets are very clear to say We've got the stock, it's their Those shells will be replenished.

  • However, Tesco today already had a limit of three items on things like past the flour.

  • Baby wipes to that.

  • They have added loo, roll eggs, rice, soap.

  • A couple of things, they say to smooth demand, not because they're running out.

  • Another major supermarket said they saw no reason to impose caps because people were shopping heavily but rationally.

  • They said, There's a lot more Christmases going on people who would have been going to relatives or friends or having to replicate that in their own homes.

  • Now, if we don't see this congestion lifting soon as Karen was saying there is no reason to suspect it's going to move in the next 24 to 48 hours.

  • That backlog.

  • Then we will see shortages off fresh food beginning after Christmas.

  • And in many ways the government has said toe me into others that this is, in a way, a stress test for some of their contingency measures For Brexit, which, let's not forget, is in nine days.

  • Business is very keen to stress how interdependent this demonstrates that our economies are on the message there is Please, Please, please do a deal soon.

  • So many.

  • Thanks again, Simon Jack, that our business editor.

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