European states ban travel from UK as new Covid strain takes hold

European states ban travel from UK as new Covid strain takes holdDecember 21, 2020

Variant causes leap in cases, while restriction of cross-Channel freight forecast to wreck supply chains

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European countries have banned flights and ferries carrying passengers from the UK in a desperate attempt to suppress the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus that has plunged southern England into a tier 4 lockdown.

In the most dramatic development, France announced it was suspending passenger and human-handled freight transport from the UK for 48 hours from 11pm GMT. The Road Haulage Association warned the move would have a “devastating effect” on supply chains already disrupted by Brexit stockpiling and pandemic restrictions.

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