London The British retail association BRC (British Retail Consortium) has warned of the consequences for consumers if goods traffic on the English Channel does not resume within a day.
“There’s a potential problem right after Christmas and it’s about fresh produce. We’re talking about things like lettuce, vegetables, fresh fruit, which are mostly from Europe this time of year, ”Andrew Opie, BRC’s grocer, told the BBC on Tuesday.
The problem is empty trucks that get stuck on the English side of the Canal. If they don’t start moving again on Tuesday, fruits such as raspberries or strawberries will not arrive in time. “As long as it can be resolved today, it will have minimal impact on consumers,” said Opie.
The government in London is hoping for a quick agreement with Paris on measures to resume trade. France surprisingly stopped all goods traffic from Great Britain on the English Channel on Sunday after the British government announced its findings about the new virus variant. According to the government, about 1,000 trucks had jammed on the way to Dover on Tuesday night. However, according to the BBC, that number rose rapidly in the morning.