Affected by the “Brexit” and the COVID-19 epidemic, more than 5,000 truck drivers from EU countries have been stranded in Port Dover, England, since the 20th, experiencing refugee helplessness.
December 23rd, France relaxed some personnel traffic control with the British government under urgent consultation and concessions, but it will take several days for all trucks to leave Hong Kong smoothly.
Since the British government launched a four-level epidemic prevention blockade in London and England on the 20th, there has been a shortage of fresh goods in British supermarkets again.
On one hand, supermarket shelves are becoming emptyer and empty, on the other hand, thousands of freight trucks are queued up in the important port city of Dover, which connects Britain and France.
Since Sunday, many EU countries have broken their air links with the United Kingdom, France has also closed the English Cross-Harbour Tunnel, and there is a growing backlog of trucks in Dover Harbor.
By Wednesday (23rd), an airport near Dover had become a parking lot for 3,800 trucks, and another 1,200 trucks filled the road near Dover. In four days, the isolated truck driver was in survival difficulties on the road and kicked back and forth by Britain and France. France required all drivers to pass negative nucleic acid tests before crossing.
At first, the British side did not provide sufficient testing facilities until a large number of drivers rushed to the vicinity of Dover Harbor and paralyzed the port. After a serious conflict with the traffic around the mouth and the police, the relevant British departments accelerated their progress and sent mobile detection vehicles to the scene.
On the evening of the 23rd, a small number of truck drivers had been able to leave the country, but it would take several days for more than 5,000 trucks to leave.
Previously, Britain firmly stood and put pressure step by step to refuse to give in on fisheries and fair competition provisions. Subsequently, led by France, many European countries adopted a non-cooperative attitude and broke off passenger and freight links with Britain, which was like a trade embargo, leaving Britain almost isolated from the outside world.
Soon, Britain’s shortage of supplies immediately became apparent, people’s panic intensified, and the British media angrily condemned France. This real “Brexit” scene reappeared, which was equivalent to giving Britain a “dismounting power” at the last minute of the negotiations.
Of course, the French side has also put great pressure on this, because most of the truck drivers stranded in Dover are from the European Union, and many of them are French.
After the emergency negotiations between the British government, France also took the opportunity to let go of the border and allow French drivers and French-based Britons to transit first.
With only the last week left in 2020, the British and French game is still going on. The chaotic scene in Dover Port seems to be a preview of the prospect of “Brexit”.
Facing the multiple challenges of “Brexit” and the coronavirus epidemic, it is difficult to predict where the next real crisis in Britain will appear.