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  • well, it's official.

  • The UK is out of the EU Customs union and single market, and all eyes are now in the new customs border.

  • With crossing procedures now in place well, truckers face long lines, slowing deliveries or will traffic flow smoothly?

  • Both sides are watching closely, with the clock ticking down on 2020 and a new year approaching.

  • This is what Britain's future with the European Union will play out.

  • The new pit stop at the Eurotunnel Ah brand new facility where trucks are processed with paperwork no driver has seen in decades.

  • Midnight brought a historic moment, not least for the first driver to cross here.

  • Amazing, Very happy.

  • This Toby 1st, 1st driver not only for New Year and first diver for Brexit, you know, for the new starting for you.

  • Okay, it all seemed like a logistical nightmare.

  • The weeks before, Brexit had seen thousands of trucks stranded in lines extending for miles, many rerouted to a local airfield, their future unclear.

  • London Brussels reached the final trade agreement only days before the new year.

  • Meanwhile, tunnel operators were doing their best to get their act together.

  • The first truck passed through, as expected just after midnight.

  • The teams were there there T systems already.

  • So there you go.

  • A few minutes of waiting at the stop.

  • We gave a small gift to the first driver who went through.

  • So it's a very calm atmosphere.

  • Everything's ready.

  • The teams are active, So everything's gone well tonight.

  • Well, sort off.

  • It seems not everyone was ready for the change of pace on the first shuttle through the tunnel.

  • Made it to Calais on the French side of the channel.

  • With only 17 trucks on board, that's half the usual capacity.

  • All right, for more on this, I'm joined by my colleague Rob Watts here in Studio Rob.

  • Hello.

  • Um, it's only been hours since this border has come about.

  • Basically, we've known about it for a while, but what can we say so far?

  • Are things slowing down or what are we seeing?

  • Well, it it seems all quiet on the frontier so far.

  • So we have had traffic going from both the U to the UK on the U.

  • K.

  • To the U freight traffic.

  • That is, we've we've seen the first truck is going through.

  • Very, uh, chipper Romanian truck driver passed through Calais into the UK and almost straight after midnight in French time on said he was very pleased to do so.

  • It's very easy was wave to very way through very quickly.

  • But you have to bear in mind that the restrictions and the changes for traffic going from the U to the UK is actually not changing that much for another six months for U.

  • K has decided to make that a staged change, but in the other direction where were most likely to see problems?

  • We've also seen um, drivers going from Britain with their freight through to the EU and so far, with very few problems with.

  • As we saw in that report, you know there is a reduced number were I suppose it's either through luck or design, but fortunately this does come out on New Year's Day.

  • So which is a day off in the UK and straight before a weekend, which means we're not gonna see full business travel until next week or even the weeks after that is those we ramp up into the new year and once we get to that point, we do see that full business travel and say there are lines.

  • Remind us again.

  • What are the stakes for businesses that depend on those shipments coming through a timely rate?

  • Well, the stakes for for many businesses, very high, and you mentioned stakes.

  • Actually, food is one of the things that potentially a risk here is supplies off the right amount of fresh food, particularly being able to get into Britain.

  • That's I mean, that's a concern.

  • But also we have just in time manufacturing that require parts on a specific day for them to be able to continue to make whatever products it is being a car or be a train or whatever, any sort of delay to that would be a real problem to them.

  • And we saw ripple effects down the way I'm guessing.

  • Yeah, exactly, and that that could be a real issue.

  • But we have seen businesses taking precautions to avoid that.

  • They've been trying to avoid Laurie crossings where possible and arranging airfreight.

  • Another's have said they're actually not going to send any Lorries across until maybe beyond the 10th of January.

  • So the full extent of it won't becoming become clear until halfway through January, out of thought.

  • All right, so, um or wait and see.

  • I guess with Greg's, it was just like the past five years.

  • Almost all right.

  • Our reporter Rob Watts joining me in studio Thank you so much.

  • Well, it's not just border crossings that have changed with U.

  • K's departure.

  • Fishermen on both sides of the English Channel faced new quotas for their catches, and they don't have much time to study the new rules.

  • Captain Fritz Flint is in Cook's Haven, getting ready for the first catch since the Brexit transition period ended.

  • His ship is one of the most modern to sail the North Sea.

  • Captain and crew are relieved the deal is done.

  • At least now they know the ground rules.

  • Fingers crossed.

  • It all works out.

  • Otherwise we'd all be out of a job for a while.

  • It's not good when they say they can't reach an agreement.

  • We've already been laid up for two months.

  • The Norwegians kicked us out, too.

  • It's not nice.

  • Were waiting with bated breath.

  • We've got families to think about a few meters away fence boss Chi, on a Schmidt pores over the New Deal.

  • He's been at it for hours.

  • It's keeping me busy while Schmidt reads.

  • Flint and his crew give the boat a once over.

  • They're ready to go.

  • But the deal means massive cuts in British waters.

  • For cuttlefish, Germany's last dedicated fishing fleet way just skimmed through the parts about cod and Pollack.

  • We'll have 20% less catch.

  • That means we need to boats fewer in the next five years way On the British side, small scale fishermen on the English Channel are afraid they won't benefit from the deal with the EU.

  • But in Scotland, the situation is quite different.

  • That's where most of the fish are caught by large vessels anyway.

  • And that's where the British profit the most from the quota increase cast off in cooked haven, the ears makes its way through the North Sea on course for Norwegian waters, at least, this catches guaranteed.

  • But the boss still doesn't know what the new year will bring toe on January 1st, we don't know who's allowed in Norwegian waters, Norway said.

  • As long as the U.

  • K.

  • And you haven't reached an agreement, no one's allowed in.

  • The last days of 2020 were turbulent ones for fishermen around the North Sea.

  • And despite the Brexit deal, there's no promise that the waters will be any calmer for Europe's fishermen.

well, it's official.

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