oris Johnson is working with French President Emmanuel Macron to resolve France’s ban of truck drivers travelling from the UK following the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus.
The Prime Minister said the Government took “prompt and decisive” action when the mutant variant was discovered in the UK on Friday, resulting in the creation of strict Tier 4 restrictions that have taken a scythe to Christmas plans for millions.
He said more than half-a-million people in the UK have now received their first dose of the two-part vaccinate since British grandmother Margaret Keenan became the first patient in the world on December 8 to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 jab following its clinical approval.
It came as the Government’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats advisory group (NervTag) told a Science Media Centre briefing on the new mutant variant that cases outside of Tier 4 in London and the south east of England “are increasing at similar rates” those in affected areas, and that it had a “transmission advantage” over other strains of the virus.
The Prime Minister said that he had had a “good” phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron to resolve the blockage at Dover.
“We are working with our friends across the Channel to unblock the flow of trade as fast as possible.
“And we both understand each other’s positions and want to resolve these problems as fast as possible.”
Boris Johnson said he had an “excellent conversation” with the French president, adding that Mr Macron was “keen” to resolve the issue.
“He stressed he was keen to sort it out in the next few hours if we can.”
The Prime Minister said they did not talk about Brexit because the negotiation is being conducted by the European Commission, but the “position is unchanged”.
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