UK Minister Michael Gove has told businesses to brace for “significant disruption” at the border as France ordered its ports to crack down on lorries arriving from Britain with incorrect paperwork. With business leaders warning that post-Brexit red tape is already hampering the flow of trade across the Channel, Gove said the British Government would “redouble” its efforts to communicate changes to firms and hauliers. He said the impact of new EU trading arrangements would be felt most on the Dover-Calais route, where 700 lorries travelling through Kent had already been turned away since Jan 1. While most refusals were due to coronavirus testing issues rather than non-compliance, the Cabinet Office said an increase in traffic meant disruption could soon intensify. READ MORE:Britons flying home to Spain caught in post-Brexit red tapeQuiet New Year gives breathing room after UK-EU Brexit splitBrexit: Billions in no-deal help for UK farmers and factories French officials have so far been lenient with hauliers from the UK, but The Daily Telegraph has learnt ports, carriers and operators have been instructed to start turning back lorries if they were non-compliant. On Friday, Marks & Spencer warned changes to trade with the EU would “significantly impact” operations… Read full this story
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